San Francisco Opera to Present ‘The Barber of Seville’ in a Drive-In

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Stefan Cohen/San Francisco Opera)

San Francisco Opera stages its first live opera performances with Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”

The opera will be offered in a drive-in setting at San Rafael’s Marin Center and will open on April 23 and showcased for eleven performances running through May 15.

Director Matthew Ozawa adapted the opera into a 90-minute version with no intermission and will be performed in an English translation by Marcie Stapp.

Conductor Roderick Cox will make his Company debut leading an 18-piece San Francisco Opera Orchestra ensemble. The opera will be presented without chorus given health protocols and will star Lucas Meachem, Daniela Mack, Laura Krumm, Alek Shrader, Philip Skinner, Kenneth Kellogg, and Catherine Cook.

The company will showcase San Francisco Opera’s eleven resident artists live in an open-air concert. The brilliantly talented Adler Fellows will command the spotlight in a 70-minute program of operatic favorites by composers such as Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, Verdi, and Lehár and will feature Anne-Marie MacIntosh, Elisa Sunshine, Esther Tonea, Simone McIntosh, Zhengyi Bai, Christopher Colmenero, Christopher Oglesby, Timothy Murray, Stefan Egerstrom and pianists Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad and Andrew King.