Brooklyn Barber vs. Met Opera Barber: Which One Is for You?

1217613A little Brooklyn (of course!) upstart Loft Opera is battling the mighty Metropolitan Opera this week with competing Barbers of Seville.

Our friend Michael, who sold his CPW co-op couple of years ago and moved to Brooklyn, has gotten involved with a local opera company called Loft Opera. He says that they’re young and fresh and great singers and create real theater. You get your chance to decide if he is right this coming week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday evening. Check the Loft Opera website for details.

Loft snipMichael guarantees you will love this Barber of Seville. He calls it “a hilarious (the way they do it) comedy with incredibly catchy tunes – even if you’ve never been to an opera, you’ve heard Bugs Bunny sing some of them.”

Michael also tells us that last week when he was serving beer (donated by Brooklyn Brewery), Peter Gelb, the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera, was in the audience and went up and congratulated them. Fred Plotkin of WQXR, wrote in his blog, “Here was immersive theater of great originality, presented by talented and serious young people. I have seldom exited an opera performance feeling so happy.”

If the Metropolitan Opera’s Barber of Seville is more to your liking, you may be still able to get Amazon Local discounted orchestra seats for $95. The offer includes a glass of champagne during the intermission. The full price orchestra seats are up to $284.

Loft Opera tickets are $32.64 and they serve beer ($5 donation) starting at 7 pm, but no food.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (with English subtitles)
Loft Opera, presented by Gowanus Art + Production
November 18, 19, and 20
Tickets $30 (plus $2.64 fee) on
Doors open at 7pm, curtain at 8 pm.

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Seija Goldstein

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Seija Goldstein has lived in New York City for 40 years and has no intention of ever leaving. After working full time in media and raising two wonderful children, she is now planning to sample everything that her favorite city has to offer. She will be reporting her experiences on this blog and inviting other New York City Boomers to join in the adventure.

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  1. Seija Goldstein Seija Goldstein

    NY Times reviews both versions of the Barber today and finds that “This revival of the Met “Barber” delivers a heady fizz, but LoftOpera’s production calls for a resounding “cheers.” Did I mention it comes with free beer?” If you did not see the Loft Opera version yet, you are out of luck. The final performance tonight is sold out. However, the Met version is still running.