A musical highlight of my visit was the Houston Grand Opera’s season-opening Barber of Seville – a new production staged by Joan Fort, with sets and costumes by Joan Guillén. (This was the same team that created a Cenerentola infested with the cutest rats ever, a few years back.) It was pure fun: a riot of day-glo colours and bursting with goofy hijinks – even by Barber standards. However, underlying all the frothy stuff was a rock-solid cast, led by Nathan Gunn in the title role, with Ana María Martínez as Rosina and Lawrence Brownlee as Almaviva. I think Rossini would have been greatly pleased.
© Colin Eatock 2011