$54 for Two to See Rossini's "Barber of Seville" at Garde Arts Center on Saturday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. ($112 Value)

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Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal to see Rossini's Barber of Seville at the Garde Arts Center in New London. For $54, you get two tickets for best-available orchestra seating on Saturday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. (a $112 value). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Plot

Perhaps the pinnacle of comic opera, The Barber of Seville tells the tale of the boisterous Figaro going about his everyday duties: a head of hair or two to cut, a delivered letter here and there, and a bit of matchmaking for hire. Wealthy Count Almaviva desires the beautiful Rosina—and says so in a window-side serenade—but the maiden is in the custody of the vile Dr. Bartolo, who intends to marry her himself. Enter Figaro, armed with a big baritone, a quick wit, and a jacket lined with false mustaches. It takes Almaviva three or four costume changes to do so, but the smitten count is willing to take on all the personas he needs to win the fair Rosina’s heart.

Showstoppers

Without a doubt, The Barber of Seville's most famous aria is "Largo al factotum" (“Make way for the factotum”), though Bugs Bunny fans may know it simply as “Figaro! Figaro!” The barber belts this tongue-twisting piece by way of introduction, establishing a personality at once bombastic, bold, and able. Later, in the serene "Una voce poco fa" (“A voice a little while ago”), Rosina’s piping vocal acrobatics betray her heart’s desire for the mysterious caller at her window.

Garde Arts Center

A crimson curtain rises to unveil the operas, nationally touring musicals, children's shows, and films that pass under the historic movie palace's gilded ceiling. Originally built in 1926 as a home for vaudeville performances and motion pictures, the grand venue has survived more than eight decades with the help of The Garde Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that formed in 1985 to both preserve the building and pursue its mission "to engage, enrich, entertain, and inspire the region of Greater New London." Today, the center stages a slew of performances and events that keep guests on the edges of all 1,472 seats.

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    Garde Arts Center

    325 State St.

    New London, Connecticut 06320

    860-444-7373

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Schemes unravel, false personas pile up, and stars belt “Figaro!” to the rafters in what is perhaps the purest example of comic opera

The Fine Print

Expires Feb 2nd, 2013. Limit 4 per person. Reservation req'd. Redeem starting 1/29 for a ticket. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Garde Arts Center. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must reserve together to sit together. Discount reflects Garde Arts Center's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1hr before showtime. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • Garde Arts Center

    325 State St.

    New London, Connecticut 06320

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