Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Top Ten Reasons “You Might Want to Set Your DVR to David Letterman Wednesday Night"

10. The Late Show With David Letterman presents its first piece of fully-staged opera November 8, beginning at 11:35 pm (US Eastern and Pacific time) on CBS-TV.

9. Performers from the Metropolitan Opera will perform the finale from Act I of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia ("The Barber of Seville").

8. Performing will be tenor Juan Diego Flórez, soprano Diana Damrau, baritone Peter Mattei, and basses Samuel Ramey and John Del Carlo.

7. Also performing will be the Met's chorus and orchestra (reduced to 12 and 22 members, respectively, to fit the Late Show stage.

6. The Met’s Il barbiere di Siviglia is directed by acclaimed theater director Bartlett Sher.

5. For the production, Sher brought together the same design team he used for the acclaimed Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza.

4. The new Barber opens this Friday, November 10 at 8 pm.

3. The premiere will be broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio's Metropolitan Opera channel (85) and offered in live streaming audio at the company's website www.metopera.org.

2. The production will also feature in the Met's upcoming program of live high-definition broadcasts into movie theaters, with a simulcast on Saturday, March 24 at 1:30 pm (US Eastern time) / 11:30 am (US Pacific time).

1. March 24th is the day of TBPAC’s Best of Tampa Bay, and also the author of this blog entry’s birthday. So there, bringing it all back to me.

-Kari G.

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