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The set design of Jean-François Revon was brightly colorful and versatile; whether in a street scene or an interior of Dr Bartolo's house. The costumes came from Utah Opera Company, designed by Susan Allred. Lighting designer Jeremy Benjamin set the scenes marvelously from dawn to dusk, in or out, with even a storm near the end.
Oh, yes. And we mustn't forget the horse, of course. Why exactly one would bring a horse into the drawing room was never explained. However, the gentle steed (courtesy of Kathy Young and 'The Party Pony Inc') was extremely well-behaved. It not only stood perfectly still -- once in place -- but perked up its ears when Almaviva came near, and closed its eyes when the tenor hugged its head and planted a kiss on the cheekbone! A slight stumble going down the risers to leave the stage did not mar the performance at all.
Jason Budd as Dr Bartolo (left) and Timothy Culver as Almaviva in the Lyric Opera Cleveland production of 'The Barber of Seville'. Photo © 2005 Steve Zorc
This season, Lyric Opera Cleveland is presenting three performances only of its three productions. Next up will be the musical comedy She Loves Me (the inspiration for the movie You've Got Mail) on 6, 9 and 10 July 2005. The Fall of the House of Usher with music by Philip Glass is on 20, 23 and 24 July. For tickets or other information, visit www.lyricoperacleveland.org.