SARASOTA (WWSB) - One of the most famous words in opera ,"Figaro, Figaro, Figaro" rings out in the Sarasota Opera House as “Barber of Seville” takes the stage.
Figaro himself, Filippo Fontana, visits Suncoast View along with Richard Russell, Executive Director of the Sarasota Opera.
Filippo is from Italy, so it's very appropriate that he sings in this Italian Opera. However, he tells us he didn't start out as a singer, early in his career, he played a flute.
Richard Russell reminds us of the plot of "Barber of Seville" which the Sarasota Opera has presented 5 times. Richard says, "Dr. Bartolo plans to marry his ward Rosina, who was left in his care when her parents died, but she has other plans! Figaro comes to the rescue and helps Rosina in sneaking, scheming, and plotting to win her beloved Lindoro, secretly the rich Count Almaviva."
Filippo has sung the role of Figaro many times, but this time, under Maestro DeRenzi's direction, he says it's different.
“We spent a couple of days translating the libretto and the stage directions. You don’t usually do that. People sing the role, but often don’t know what they are doing.”
Fillippo tells us he always has a good luck charm hidden in his costume during performances.
He says, "It's a plastic bull, a gift from a friend."
“Barber of Seville” is at the Sarasota Opera House through November 11th. For more information go sarasotaopera.org.