Jason Barry-Smith sings Largo al factotum" from Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini. Produced and Presented by Alessandro Sorbello Since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium 1991, where he studied with Janet Delpratt and Joseph Ward, Jason Barry-Smith has established a reputation as one of Australia's most sought after singers. He has also studied at the Musikhockschule in Munich with Professor Hanno Blaschke during 1989-90, in London with Janice Chapman in 1999 and in Rome with Margaret Baker-Genovesi in 2002 . In 1991 he was awarded the Queensland Conservatorium Medal for Excellence, in 1992 won the Marianne Mathy Scholarship in the Australian Singing Competition, and in 2001 he won Opera Foundation Australia's Italian Opera Award. His experience to date also embraces concerts, opera and music theatre. As a concert soloist he has performed Faure's Requiem (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), Haydn's Paukenmesse (Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra), Bach's St John Passion (Brisbane Chorale), Butterley's Lawrence Hargrave Flying Alone (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Bach's St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Purcell's Ode to St Cecilia's Day and Handel's Messiah (Bach Society of Queensland), The Hoffnung Concert, Bernstein on Broadway and The Lord Mayor's Gala Concert 2000 (Queensland Symphony Orchestra), Glorious Vienna, the music of Franz Lehar in the Melbourne Concert Hall with stars of Opera Australia, the Pops Concert at the 4MBS Festival 2000, Tunes Tender and Triumphant, the return season of Scotland the Brave in the Melbourne Concert Hall, and The Celts are Coming with the Queensland Pops Orchestra. In 2001 Jason was a soloist in the world premiere of Richard Mills' new work, Symphonic Poems, with The Queensland Orchestra for the Centenary of Federation Celebrations.
Jason's versatility is also reflected in the wide range of roles he has undertaken in both opera and musical theatre. While still studying at the Queensland Conservatorium, Jason performed the title role in the Australian premiere of Billy Budd. Other roles include Enjolras in Les Miserables (Wellington Operatic), Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance (Essgee Productions), Morales in Carmen (Opera Queensland), the title role of Don Giovanni, for which he won a National Opera Award (Opera Queensland), the Boatswain in HMS Pinafore (Essgee Melodies), Dr Falke in Fledermaus (Opera Queensland), Danilo in The Merry Widow (Essgee Melodies), Kiss Me, Kate! (1998 ENERGEX Brisbane Festival), Escamillo in Carmen (Opera 21, Belfast); and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, the title role of The Barber of Seville, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, and Papageno in The Magic Flute for Opera Queensland, Marullo in Rigoletto (OzOpera), and Mathieu in Andrea Chenier (State Opera of South Australia). He also made his directorial debut at the 2001 4MBS Festival with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in which he also sang the role of Aeneas. His direction of this production won him the coveted Perform 4MBS Award for Opera Production.
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SCENA 2 Figaro, con la chitarra appesa al collo e detto, nascosto
N. 2 - Cavatina
FIGARO Largo al factotum della città. Presto a bottega, ché l'alba è già. Ah, che bel vivere, che bel piacere per un barbiere di qualità! Ah, bravo Figaro! Bravo, brayissimo; fortunatissimo per verità! Pronto a far tutto, la notte e il giorno sempre d'intorno, in giro sta. Miglior cuccagna per un barbiere, vita più nobile, no, non si dà. Rasori e pettini, lancette e forbici, al mio comando tutto qui sta. V'è la risorsa, poi, del mestiere colla donnetta col cavaliere Ah, che bel vivere, che bel piacere per un barbiere di qualità! Tutti mi chiedono, tutti mi vogliono, donne, ragazzi, vecchi, fanciulle: Qua la parrucca Presto la barba Qua la sanguigna Presto il biglietto Figaro ... Figaro Son qua, son qua. Figaro... Figaro... Eccomi qua. Ahimè, che furia! Ahimè, che folla! Una alla volta, per carità! Figaro su, Figaro giù Pronto prontissimo son come il fulmine: sono il factotum della città. Ah, bravo Figaro! Bravo, bravissimo; a te fortuna non mancherà.
English Libretto or Translation:
Figaro enters with a guitar around his neck
FIGARO La ran la le ra la ran la la. Make way for the factotum of the city. La ran la la, etc. Rushing to his shop for dawn is here. La ran la la, etc. What a merry life, what gay pleasures for a barber of quality. Ah, bravo Figaro, bravo, bravissimo, bravo! La ran la la, etc. Most fortunate of men, indeed you are! La ran la la, etc.
Ready for everything by night or by day, always in bustle, in constant motion. A better lot for a barber, a nobler life does not exist. La la ran la la ran la, etc.
Razors and combs, lancets and scissors, at my command everything's ready. Then there are "extras" part of my trade, business for ladies and cavaliers … La la ran la …la …la. Ah, what a merry life, what gay pleasures, for a barber of quality.
All call for me, all want me, ladies and children, old men and maidens. I need a wig, I want a shave, leeches to bleed me, here, take this note. All call for me, all want me. I need a wig, I want a shave, here, take this note. Ho, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, etc. Heavens! what a commotion! Heavens! What a crowd! One at a time, for pity's sake.
Ho, Figaro! - I am here! Figaro here, Figaro there, Figaro up. Figaro down. Quicker and quicker I go like greased lightning, make way for the factotum of the city,
Ah, bravo, Figaro, bravo, bravissimo, On you good fortune will always smile. La la ran la, etc. I am the factotum of the city.