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A new work inspired by Rossini’s The Barber of Seville that has grown into an original piece all its own, commissioned by Lyric. Updating the action to a Black barbershop on Chicago’s South Side, the creators have made an irresistibly upbeat work that celebrates the strength of community. The Factotum blends diverse musical styles with boundless imagination to create a soul opera, moving from gospel and funk to rap, hip-hop, classic barbershop quartet, and R&B. Those styles connect brilliantly with classical singing in a very human comedy that redefines everything that opera can be.
This event includes ASL interpretation and audio description.