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Oh, Melodic Mullet

The Barber of Seville works equally well as a classic comic opera or a classic Nick at Nite sitcom. Granted, it would be a sitcom sung in Italian, but zany shenanigans would ensue nonetheless. Seventeenth-century Spanish Count meets girl. Seventeenth-century Spanish Count falls for girl. Seventeenth-century Spanish Count enlists the help of the town hairstylist, distributes an assortment of well-placed bribes and dons various disguises to win the girl's heart and hand in marriage. Romantic rivalries, dubious trickery, backhanded bamboozlement, splentristic fundunery¬óGioachino Rossini's legendary masterpiece has it all. While perhaps most famously parodied in the old Bugs Bunny cartoon Rabbit of Seville, this historic piece of music has also been co-opted by Hollywood in varying capacities. If you've seen Mrs. Doubtfire, The Godfather or Space Jam (and you know you have¬óespecially Space Jam), then you're already familiar with Barber of Seville's sweeping sonic movements. The Barber of Seville premieres 7:30 p.m. Friday, with additional performances on Wednesday and December 9 (as well as a 2 p.m. matinee this Sunday), at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave. Ticket prices range from $19 to $255. Call 214-443-1000 or visit dallasopera.org.
Fri., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 3, 2 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.

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