“The Barber of Seville” April 1 and 3, N.C. Opera, Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
Rossini’s evergreen comedy about old fools thwarted and young lovers united. The impressive cast includes baritone Joo Won Kang and mezzo Cecila Hall, with conductor Timothy Myers in the pit.
Leif Ove Andsnes April 7, Carolina Performing Arts, Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill.
The much-lauded concert and recording pianist joins three high-profile colleagues for performances of the three Brahms piano quartets, works full of lush romantic melodies and ardent gypsy fire.
Mahler’s Symphony No. 7, May 13-14, N.C. Symphony, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. Conductor Grant Llewellyn continues his survey of Mahler’s symphonies with the monumental No. 7. The evening-length work depicts both the beautiful and the frightening aspects of night, followed by a boisterous, danced-filled return to daylight.
Correspondent Roy C. Dicks