Free performances for 'Barber of Seville'

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SFCA > Opera has seven shows of Rossini’s comedy

The Santa Fe Concert Association (SFCA) will present seven admission-free performances of Rossini’s comic opera “The Barber of Seville” today through Jan. 15 at the Scottish Rite Center, 463 Paseo de Peralta.  
These performances mark the fifth presentation of the Concert Association’s annual Community Opera program.  
Student performances, a component of the Santa Fe Public School PASS program (Performing Arts for Student Success), are scheduled for today and two on Jan. 14-15.
Family Weekend performances will be 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
 On Dec. 10, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that the SFCA was one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant in the amount of $10,000.
This one-to-one matching grant for “The Barber of Seville” represents the SFCA’s first NEA grant in its 76-year history.  
“We’re proud and honored to be the recipients of this competitive and prestigious award,” SFCA’s Artistic Director Joe Illick said.  “The Community Opera project is especially dear to my heart,” Illick said.  
“We present first-class artists and repertoire free of charge to almost 3,000 of our friends and neighbors, many of whom might not otherwise experience such a high level of live opera performance.”
As in the past, this production will be a professional, fully-staged and costumed opera geared to students and families — one hour long and sung in English.  Illick will serve as Music Director and Conductor and will work with Stage Director David Gately.  
Illick and Gately have developed a close working relationship over the years, most recently through their collaboration on the Fort Worth Opera’s production of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.  
The cast comprises a roster of nationally recognized artists headed by mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh (Rosina), tenor Javier Abreu (Count Almaviva), and baritone Stephen Eddy (Figaro).
Those interested in attending any of these performances are advised to arrive early since SFCA’s Community Opera presentations have often been “sold out” in the past.
The program is supported by SFCA’s First National Endowment for the Arts Grant.
The Santa Fe Concert Association brings world-class performing artists to Santa Fe and provides excellent performing arts education programs for youth and adults in the community.  
Symphony and ensemble concerts, solo recitals, theater, dance, lectures, in-school programs, and free and discounted performances for students and their families add up to a year-round schedule of diverse activities.  
Call SFCA office at 984-8759 for more information.