You know where a story is headed when two lovers elope over a balcony. But that’s just part of the fun in OperaDelaware’s production of “The Barber of Seville” at The Grand Opera House on November 1, 6 and 7. The story is the prequel to “The Marriage of Figaro”—same characters, only 10 years earlier. “The opera also has some of the most familiar and sparkling tunes in all of opera, including the famous ‘Figaro! Figaro!’ aria,” says director Lee Kimball. Lest we forget the hot, young cast, including Misoon Ghim of the New York City Opera and John Zuckerman of the Virginia Opera. Zuckerman plays classical guitar superbly, so he’ll be the first tenor in OperaDelaware’s history to accompany himself. Only a handful of opera singers in the world can do that, says Kimball. Minnesotan Mark Graf will conduct this new production, which is designed by Peter Tupitza, and Kimball promises that “the youthful enthusiasm expressed in the music and story will lift the audience’s spirit.” (Speaking of uplifting experiences, JonRae Studio of Centreville is offering a 50 percent discount on a hot shave for any man who buys a ticket to the show.) —Maria Hess
Page 2: Our Fair Market
Start your holiday shopping early at the Rehoboth Art League’s Holiday Fair on November 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair offers patrons the opportunity to visit 40 artists and artisans, and the league’s grounds are especially picturesque in autumn. “Events like the fair provide far more than great gifts,” says art league executive director Karen McGrath. “By staying off the Internet and out of chain stores, shoppers are supporting local artists, enabling them to succeed as small businesses. This enriches our economy and also our cultural environment.” For more, visit rehobothartleague.org, or call 227-8408.
Page 3: True Lovett
Four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett returns to The Grand with his Large Band on November 9. Large is the operative word. Lovett’s most recent album, “It’s Not Big, It’s Large,” refers to the honky-tonk backup band that has “sharp musical instincts and the good sense not to complicate things,” according to The New York Times. Lovett, known for his laid-back style, rich tones and big hair, will cover folk, blues, swing, jazz and gospel. For more, visit grandopera.org, or call 652-5577.
Page 4: Revisiting Simon & Garfunkel
If you liked Simon & Garfunkel, you’ll love Swearingen & Beedle. Baritone A.J. Swearingen and tenor Jonathan Beedle have been performing tributes to the iconic duo for years, enjoying sold-out shows and great reviews in the process. They’re both respected soloists, but as a team, they capture the emotional aspects of Simon’s insightful and sensitive lyrics. Hear the duo revisit “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and more at The Smyrna Opera House on November 21. For more, call 653-4236, or visit smyrnaoperahouse.org.