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Theater Week 2016: Opera CdA Presents "The Barber of Seville"

Madison Leonard sings "Una voce poco fa" with Celeste Johnson on piano

It's Thursday of Theater Week 2016, and we depart slightly from the realm of musical theater to its first cousin--opera.  Opera Coeur d'Alene is putting on their fall production this weekend, and it's one of the most famous comic operas of the Romantic era, otherwise known as Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia or The Barber of Seville.  We had co-director Jadd Davis in the studio to talk with Verne as well as singer Madison Leonard (playing Rosina) and Celeste Johnson (pianist).  Madison also sang "Una voce poco fa," one of the most famous arias Rossini wrote.  The Barber of Seville is this weekend only, Friday, September 9 at 7:30pm and Sunday, September 11 at 2:00pm at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene.

Verne Windham got his start at Spokane Public Radio 20 years ago. “I came in to complain and they hired me.” He’s now the Program Director, as well as the host of Morning Classical and Concert of the Week. When choosing music for Morning Classical, Verne likes to keep the agenda as broadly defined as possible. For Concert of the Week, he focuses on the best of recent local performances, mostly classical in nature. For many years, Verne was also the conductor of the Spokane Youth Orchestra. He enjoys gardening, his vintage car and playing French horn.
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