"The evening’s real strengths proved to be . . . Matthew Burns as Dr. Bartolo, who in this production, and thanks to Burns’s strong performance, became the comic focus. Bartolo was reimagined as a stuffy eye doctor with a penchant for chickens (why chickens? well, why not?), and Burns sang him so well that he consistently dominated the evening and emerged as a foil for Rosina’s spunkiness. In the music lesson scene, when he got up to sing Rosina an aria made famous by a castrato (it’s in the libretto), he actually rendered it in a countertenor register, lapsing repeatedly into his natural voice to make it extra funny."
-Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
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