The Barber of Seville
Mill City Summer Opera stages Rossini’s comic opera The Barber of Seville, with highly regarded and undeniably gorgeous mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson.
Photo by William Clark
Last year, Mill City Summer Opera broke onto the local scene with a lively production of Pagliacci staged outdoors in the stone-walled courtyard of the Mill City Museum. This year, the company is staging Rossini’s comic opera The Barber of Seville, with highly regarded and undeniably gorgeous mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson playing Rosina, the story’s ingénue. “We want the experience to appeal to people who love opera and to people who may not know how much fun opera can be,” says stage director David Lefkowich. He also promises to keep the show short-ish (two-and-a-half hours) to prevent would-be opera lovers from getting Figaro fatigue. That may not be a problem, however, because the role of Figaro is being sung by international opera hunk Lucas Meachem. July 13–21. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-341-7582, tickets.mnhs.org