‘The Barber of Seville’ to be presented on campus Oct. 30

Western Carolina University will present “The Barber of Seville,” produced by the Asheville Lyric Opera, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Regina Davis van der Eijk. Photo courtesy of Asheville Lyric Opera.

Regina Davis van der Eijk. Photo courtesy of Asheville Lyric Opera.

Sponsored by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts, the two-act comic opera will have a local connection on stage, by way of the Netherlands. The lead soprano is Regina Davis van der Eijk of Waddinxveen, South Holland. A Jackson County native and daughter of WCU alumni, she will be returning “home” for the performance, singing as young Rosina in the operatic masterpiece.

In addition to previous performances with the Asheville Lyric Opera, she has performed in “The Magic Flute” with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, a solo appearance with the Wiericker Opera in Holland, and performances with the OpernWerkstatt in Switzerland.

From trickery and disguises to serenading in the moonlight, “The Barber of Seville” is known for its liveliness and comedy, as the affections of Rosina are sought by her guardian, Dr. Bartolo, and a Spanish nobleman, Count Almaviva. First performed in 1816, the operatic favorite was composed by Gioachino Rossini and written by Cesare Sterbini.

Jon Truitt, artistic adviser of the Asheville Lyric Opera, will serve as the guest director, and Dan Allcott, maestro of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, will be conductor.

Tickets are on sale at $21 for adults, $7 student or child, and $16 WCU faculty and staff. More information is available at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or call the box office at 828-227-2479.