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The Barber of Seville

By Gioacchino Rossini
English Adaptation by
Donald Pippin

Music Direction by Mary Chun
Stage Direction by Elly Lichenstein

A Co-Production with
Pocket Opera

$40  General Admission
$37  Seniors 62+ (Fridays and Saturdays only)

Rossini’s laugh-out-loud romantic comedy has been entertaining audiences for more than 200 years with its outrageous stage antics and vocal acrobatics. Donald Pippin’s famed translation guarantees the giggles and guffaws! Featuring some of opera’s most recognizable tunes, audiences are sure to leave the theater singing Figaro, Figaro, Fiiiiiii-garo!
A savvy young woman must outsmart a pompous old lecher who stands between her and her true love. Hilarity ensues as the would-be couple, aided and abetted by the wily barber Figaro, run through a barrage of trickery that includes false identities, a most unusual voice lesson and opera’s funniest case of scarlet fever. With a few close shaves along the way, in the end, time’s up for the old goat and love triumphs over all.

This production is made possible by a gift from
an ANONYMOUS member of the Executive Producer’s Circle

and by Sponsor Circle Member SANDRA O’BRIEN
with additional support from THE CLAY FOUNDATION-WEST
and Friends’ Circle Members GENE WRIGHT & BETSY HALL





Maya Kherani


Sergio Gonzalez


Igor Vieira


Lee Strawn


Jason Sarton


Krista Wigle


Steve Kahn

Fiorello Cover

JT Williams

Tenor Sergio González (Lindoro), heralded by Classical Voice as singing with “great charm and excellent vocal ability,” makes his company debuts with Opera Parallele, Cinnabar Theatre, and Pocket Opera in 2019. González has most recently performed with The Mendocino Music Festival, Pacific Opera Project, and Island City Opera, singing the roles of Prunier in Puccini’s La rondine, Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Elvino in Bellini’s La sonnambula, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. From 2012 through 2015, González was a young artist with both the Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera Santa Barbara, covering Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff and Lindoro in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri. In 2013, González performed the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring, after having previously performed the role of Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte in 2011, with the Green Mountain Opera Festival. Also in 2013, González performed the role of Ernesto with North Bay Opera in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, going on to cover the role with Arizona Opera in 2014, before his most recent reprisals with The Mendocino Music Festival and Island City Opera, both in 2017. Classical Sonoma describes González’ “liquid” voice as having, “sparkled with graceful beauty and intelligent musicianship,” and lauds, “his subtle mastery of expression and phrasing and his innate integration of singing and physicality.” González graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Cesar Ulloa. During his studies, González was seen as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte under the baton of Maestro Giuseppe Finzi, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Oronte in Handel’s Alcina, and Le Chevalier in Poulenc’s The Dialogue of the Carmelites. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

After many years as an instrumentalist, Steve Kahn (Fiorello) discovered something even better–singing opera. In the past few years he has appeared with such Bay Area companies as Island City Opera, Verismo Opera, and Teatro Mistral. But his first taste of the stage was in Cinnabar’s own Pagliacci in June 2017, and he is delighted to return for The Barber of Seville. He took a degree at the San Francisco Conservatory in 2012 with David Garner, writing both for instrumental ensembles and for voice. More information is available at

Praised for her “crystalline tone” by Opera News, soprano Maya Kherani (Rosina) has sung over 35 roles spanning her 7-year career. She has sung with companies such as the Houston Grand Opera (HGOco), Opera Parallèle, Central City Opera, Opera San Jose, Beth Morrison Projects, West Edge Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera NEO, and the American Bach Soloists. She was most recently seen in the world première of Today it Rains with Opera Parallèle. Upcoming roles include Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera with West Edge Opera, and Gilda in Rigoletto and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, both with Opera Modesto. This past season, Ms. Kherani made her European debut with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy singing a program of rare French Baroque repertoire. Prior to her singing career, Maya graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Bass Jason Sarten (Basilio) has sung leading and supporting roles with Opera San Jose, Sacramento Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Lamplighter’s Music Theatre, Long Leaf Opera (NC), Island City Opera, Abilene Opera Association (TX), Opera Ft. Collins (CO), Cinnabar Opera Theatre, Livermore Valley Opera, Island City Opera and West Bay Opera. Among Jason’s favorites are the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo (Carmen), Marquis de La Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites), The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Sparafucil (Rigoletto) and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte). Some recent concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Charpentier’s Midnight Mass for Christmas, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, and Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ.
Jason is thrilled to return to Cinnabar, having last sung with the company in its 2005 production of The Marriage of Figaro as the title character Figaro. The rest of 2018-2019 season for Jason includes a return to Opera San Luis Obispo to sing Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, two productions with Opera San Jose covering & singing student matinees of Die Entführung aus dem Serail as Osmin and Madama Butterfly as The Bonze, Rambaldo in La Rondine for Island City Opera as well as Basilio in Barber of Seville for Cinnabar Opera Theatre and Pocket Opera of San Francisco.

Lee Strawn (Bartolo) makes his Cinnabar debut as Doctor Bartolo – a role he has performed many times in many languages! He is delighted to be returning to Donald Pippin’s version. Lee has sung the title role in Don Pasquale, Germont (La Traviata), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) and many others for Pocket Opera. He created the leading role of John Muir in John Muir’s Mountain Days (Shellie Award – Best Actor in a Musical) for Willows Theatre. He also created the role of LeFèvre for the San Francisco Company of The Phantom of the Opera. Other recent roles: Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd) for TheatreWorks and the title role in Man of La Mancha for Sierra Repertory Theatre. Lee and his wife, Laurie, live in San Francisco with their delightful daughter, Julia. In addition to his active performing career, Lee teaches singing at City College San Francisco and at his downtown SF studio.

Igor Vieira (Figaro) Hailed by Opera News as “superb,” and “show-stealing,” Brazilian-American baritone Igor Vieira made his professional debut at age seventeen singing Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen.Subsequent performances have included the title roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Tonio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, and most recently Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in a triumphant debut at the Solis Theater in Montevideo – Uruguay. Mr. Vieira has professionally performed 100 different operatic roles in 11 countries across the globe, with such companies as the San Francisco Opera, the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Sacramento Opera, Williamsburg Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Fresno Grand Opera, Teatro Barakaldo (Spain) and Lyric Opera of Kansas City to name a few, as well as the Opera Festivals of Manaus (Brazil), Festival del Sole (USA) and Bratislava (Slovakia). In the concert and oratorio fields, Mr. Vieira has performed with the National Symphonies of Colombia (Orff’s Carmina Burana), Brazil (Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony), as well as the Prague Philharmonic (Dvorak’s Requiem at the world-famous Dvorak Hall) and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus at Davis Hall (Orff’s Carmina Burana). Mr. Vieira is a world finalist of the Fifth Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in Philadelphia, and can be seen as Gubetta next to Renee Fleming on the DVD of the San Francisco Opera production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, released by the Euroarts label.

WigleKrista Wigle (Berta) is thrilled to be returning to Cinnabar after previously performing as A Player in Tomfoolery, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, The Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Cleo in The Most Happy Fella (SFBATCC Nomination), and Hucklebee in The Fantasticks in past seasons. Ms. Wigle, having been called a “major find” by Opera News, has performed in the opera and musical theater genres with such companies as: Opera Parallele, Woodminster Amphitheater, Guggenheim Entertainment, Festival Opera, Brava Opera, Golden Gate Opera, Opera on Tap, Livermore Opera, Sonoma City Opera, Pocket Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, West Bay Opera, North Bay Opera, and San Francisco Lyric Opera. Recent roles include Chayesel/Dobrisch (The People in the Picture, West Coast
Prem.), Soprano/Jazz Trio (Trouble in Tahiti), Rosie (Mamma Mia!), Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Musette (La Bohème), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Jenny (The Three Penny Opera), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), and Carlotta (The Phantom of the Opera/the San Francisco and Las Vegas productions). Krista is absolutely honored to perform this role in tribute to Stephen Walsh, who was one of the most loving, funny, warm, and talented human beings she has ever known.

Dramatic Helden-Bass Baritone J. T. Williams (Fiorello) debuts with Cinnabar Theater and Pocket Opera after rapidly making a name for himself among Bay Area opera lovers. In just over 2 years of singing opera, he has burst onto the local opera scene, performing with Opera Cocktales, Opera on Tap, Phenix Opera Company, Berkeley Chamber Opera, Verismo Opera, Island City Opera, and Bayshore Lyric Opera, as well as California Opera Association in Fresno and (coming soon!) Opera Modesto. He has appeared as Amonasro (Aida), Marchese d’Obigny (La Traviata), L’Oste and Sargente (Manon Lescaut), Tonio (Pagliacci), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Talbot (Giovanna d’Arco), David (L’Amico Fritz), Alberich (Das Rheingold), Scarpia (Tosca), Notario and Chorus (La Sonnambula), Wurm (Luisa Miller), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Mr. Kofner (The Consul), and Germano (La Scala di Seta). J. T. holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University, where he studied voice with William G. Hartwell III and opera with Gerald Dolter, and he currently studies voice with Eugene Brancoveanu. He and his partner Jeremy also sing with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. When not singing, he is a trial attorney for The Ticket Clinic.