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April 23, 24, 27, 30; May 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15 at 8pm

Sung in English with English supertitles
2021 San Francisco Opera Production

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Venue: Marin Center, San Rafael, CaliforniaJust 15 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge!

See live opera under the stars for the first time in over a year! Escape the confines of home to witness a zany new take on Rossini’s beloved classic opera in a hilarious, 90-minute adaptation by director Matthew Ozawa. Featuring a soaring musical score with popular arias like "Largo al factotum" and a stellar cast that includes audience favorites Lucas Meachem, Daniela Mack*, and Alek Shrader, this one-of-a-kind event promises to be fun for the whole family.

Running Time:  Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission

Tickets start at $50 per car—that’s just $10 per person—and availability is limited. Buy today!


FairgroundsLive Opera Lot:
$250 per car with a view of the set and live performers

Lagoon ParkSimulcast Lot: $50 per car with a view of the live performance via simulcast to a drive-in movie screen

*Laura Krumm performs the role of Rosina May 11, 14, and 15.

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The company’s new staging of Rossini’s comic masterpiece came as balm to the weary soul.

—San Francisco Chronicle

A treat from start to finish

—SF Examiner

Well conceived, smartly cast, brilliantly coordinated and performed with a winning mix of nostalgia and technical panache

–Opera News

Splendidly led by debuting conductor Roderick Cox

–San Francisco Chronicle

Ingenious production

—San Francisco Chronicle

As Figaro, baritone Lucas Meachem is a vocally robust and physically ebullient comic whirlwind

—San Francisco Chronicle

Tenor Alek Shrader and mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack deliver pointed, lyrical and effortlessly precise accounts of their assignments as Count Almaviva and his beloved Rosina.

—San Francisco Chronicle

Bass-baritone Philip Skinner.... was a riot as Dr. Bartolo

— SF Examiner

Catherine Cook...made Berta’s commentary on the foolishness of her betters a high point

–Opera News



It was perfect- your favorite 'Hit Parade' from Barber in shortened version in English to which we could bring our grandchildren, albeit in a separate car.

Mary and Patric P (San Francisco)

Very creative twist on a classic and the production blew away all my expectations.

Juan G (Pacifica)


Audra L (San Francisco)

We had a great time, even without being close to the performers.  The simulcast was great and it was lovely to see some live theater and hear live music again!

Jill C (Mountain View)

It was so joyful and fun.  Seeing live performers made me so excited for future opera performances.

Katie C (San Francisco)


After over a year without performances, the cast arrives at the War Memorial Opera House to rehearse and prepare a performance of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.


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Cast & Creative

Figaro Lucas Meachem
Rosina Daniela Mack
Rosina Laura Krumm*
Almaviva Alek Shrader
Doctor Bartolo Philip Skinner
Don Basilio Kenneth Kellogg
Berta Catherine Cook
Officer Will Bryan
Conductor Roderick Cox
Production Matthew Ozawa
Set and Projection Designer Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Designer Jessica Jahn
Lighting Designer JAX Messenger
Additional Credits
English Translation Marcie Stapp
Directed for the Screen by Frank Zamacona
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Assistant Conductor Robert Mollicone
Prompter Dennis Doubin
Music Preparation Ronny Michael Greenberg, John Churchwell, Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad, Andrew King
Diction Lynne Soffer
Reduced Orchestration Jonathan Lyness
Assistant Director Jose Maria Condemi
2nd Assistant Director / Assistant Video Director E. Reed Fisher
Stage Manager Darin Burnett
Assistant Stage Managers Jayme O’Hara, Thea Railey, Jessica Barker, Morgan Robinson
Costume Supervisor Jai Alltizer
Wig and Makeup Jeanna Parham

*May 11, 14, 15

Featuring the San Francisco Opera Orchestra

Previous performances of The Barber of Seville can be found in our Archive



This production of The Barber of Seville is made possible, in part by, John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. Additional support provided by Jerome Guillen and Jeremy Gallaher, members of the Producers Circle and generous gifts to the Creative Edge Fund, founded by Carol and Dixon Doll.

Many thanks to EO Products for their generous donation of French Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes which will be distributed to all attendees of our live, outdoor performances in Marin Center.

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These performances are sponsored, in part, by Charles Schwab & Company.


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