In the Limelight

"The Barber of Seville"

In the movie "Amadeus," Mozart is asked why he doesn't like Italian opera. He replies that it is "full of stupid fat couples rolling their eyes at each other," and adds the comment, "that's not opera . . . it's rubbish!" With this in mind, and the fact that Italian opera has never been my favorite, it was with a little trepidation that I went to "The Barber of Seville," presented by the Texas Tech University Music Theatre Ensemble at the Lee High School Auditorium last Wednesday.

A little over three hours later I left the auditorium with a greater appreciation for Italian opera, especially when it is performed by young, enthusiastic singers, most of whom can act as well as they sing.

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