Met gives ‘Barber’ a cut in English version

December 29, 2012 • Entertainment

In this Dec. 14, 2012 publicity photo, from left, Rodion Pogossov as Figaro and Alek Shrader as Count Almaviva, and balcony above, John Del Carlo as Dr. Bartolo and Isabel Leonard as Rosina are seen in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” during rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since Rossini’s most famous work was given its Metropolitan Opera premiere in 1883, “The Barber of Seville” is being presented by the company in English rather than Italian, a shortened holiday version intended to entice families during school break.

To cut “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” down to about 90 minutes around an intermission, the Met hired poet J.D. McClatchy to write a rhyme-filled libretto. For once there were giggles around the house Wednesday when Figaro sang “It just so happens all the Login to read more

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