Dec 09 2009

Barber of Seville, A Disney Production (In the Least Offensive Way)

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On the magical evening of October 27th, I saw a performance of “The Barber of Seville,” an opera, or rather, a fairy tale, that was too good to be true. The story line was unreal to me, a 21st Century audience, as it was composed in the 18th Century. The setting is Seville, a “beautiful city and something of a mythical Neverland,” which seems very dreamy to me. The way Figaro manages to keep entering the house despite its security makes me chuckle because it is too fictitious. It even reminds me of Disney productions where there is one evil character, Bartolo, who in the end succumbs to the protagonist, Count Almaviva, and a wise man, Figaro, who seems to know everything and anything. The huge female behinds created by the costumes produces a comical effect but is very “Disney;” they reminded me of the fairy grandma in Cinderella.


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2 Responses to “Barber of Seville, A Disney Production (In the Least Offensive Way)”

  1.   Aon 11 Dec 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I thought the idea of the Barber of Seville was pretty unrealistic as well. But then again, I thought the same of Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story, and both are critically acclaimed.

  2.   Nguyen Chion 11 Dec 2009 at 8:28 am

    Aww, I love the idea of Barber of Serville being a Disney love story. Now that you pointed it out, I really do see the resemblance. Nice analogy!