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Comic Opera 'The Barber of Seville' Presented by Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra on October 29

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


9/16/2011 - The 2011-2012 Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra season continues on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. when the mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville will be transformed into 18th century Seville, Spain, for a performance of Rossini's comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville. Regarded as the greatest and most popular comic opera ever written, The Barber of Seville will be brought to life by an outstanding cast of guest vocalists and musicians hailing from New York, Atlanta and Boston.

According to NFSO Conductor and Music Director Jeffrey Rink, the orchestra will present a "concert version" performance of the hit opera in Italian with English supertitles. The orchestra will be seated in the orchestra pit with the singers on stage, performing with props and suggestions of costumes and with projections of old Spain on stage to give the audience a more complete operatic experience.

"This performance was inspired by the great success of the NFSO's performance last year of Madama Butterfly which left the audience clamoring for more opera," noted Rink, who has a reputation for bringing opera to life in concert version and was recognized in 2005 when he received the Jacopo Peri award from the New England Opera Club for his contribution to opera in Boston. "The Barber of Seville performance is not only an opportunity to hear first class opera in our local area, but is also a great way to introduce the thrilling experience of opera through a totally 'user-friendly' version of this art form," said Rink.

The role of Figaro, the world's most famous and mischievous barber, will be sung by New York-based David Murray who has performed this role almost 50 times throughout Europe and returns to the NFSO for a guest appearance after a two-year absence. Additionally, two of the lead roles in the NFSO's presentation of The Barber of Seville, Rosina and Count Almaviva, hail from Atlanta; mezzo-soprano Maria McDaniel and tenor Adam Kirkpatrick. NFSO concertgoers will remember Kirkpatrick's beautiful performance of Haydn's Creation in April of 2009.

Tickets are on sale now for $32.50 each or $16 for youth age 18 and younger. An Active Duty military discount is available for $16 a ticket with a limit of four tickets. NWFSC students may obtain one free ticket per student ID in-person from the Box Office. Purchase tickets online at or by phone or in person from the Box Office, at (850) 729-6000. See the symphony website for additional concert information at The Box Office is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales. Doors open the night of the event at 6:00 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door prior are same price as advance tickets.

As the Emerald Coast's premiere professional orchestra, the NFSO has presented the finest in classical fare since 1987. The orchestra performs on the mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, where a custom orchestral shell provides an optimum acoustical experience for symphony patrons.

Jeffrey Rink has led the NFSO since 2007, following an extended tenure in New England as Music Director of the Chorus pro Musica in Boston, Music Director of the Newton Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestral Activities at the Longy School of Music and Music Director of Concert Opera Boston. During Mr. Rink's eight year directorship of the New England Philharmonic, the orchestra was nationally recognized in three of eight seasons by ASCAP for its adventuresome programming and commitment to new music, having played over twenty premieres.

Rink's work with opera has been praised by the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and most recently in Mexico's El Norte. As guest conductor, he led a production of La Bohème with the Maryland Opera Theatre, conducted the New Japan Philharmonic, the Philharmonic of Tokyo and Tokyo Symphony, and with the Newton Symphony, he led a sold out performance of Chinese and Western music in Carnegie Hall. His tenure with Chorus pro Musica was marked by numerous significant contributions to opera in concert version, including performances of Carmen, Faust, Samson et Dalila, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Turandot, Otello, Macbeth, Nabucco, Attila, La Traviata and Mefistofele.

In addition to his work with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Rink serves as the Mattie Kelly Distinguished Endowed Teaching Chair in Music and Conducting at Northwest Florida State College. Last season Rink also led performances in Mexico with the Orquesta Autonoma de Nuevo Leon and in Japan appeared with the Tokyo Amadeus Orchestra where he conducted a sold out performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in response to the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. He is in demand as an adjudicator having served on panels for the Metropolitan Opera Boston District auditions and for the Wideman Piano Competition in Shreveport, LA.