The Barber of Seville – Santa Fe Opera

Photographer – Curtis Brown Photography

Conductor: Ivan López-Reynoso
​Director: Stephen Barlow
Designer: Andrew D Edwards
Lighting: Christopher Akerlind
Choreographer: Mitchell Harper

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Cesare Sterbini

Choreographer credits are seldom seen with a production of this opera, but they appear here and with good reason. Mitchell Harper’s work includes a show-stopping kick-line for the mariachi band at the end of the serenade scene and four dapper Fred Astaire types who enliven the maid’s otherwise uninteresting aria, first with their dancing and then with a lightning-fast costume change at the end, whipping off her drab skirt and cap to reveal a glamorous gown-clad woman underneath.