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The Barber of Seville in Middlebury

Meridith Ziegler was a pert and attractive young mezzo. She handled the fioriture with some freedom, and she is a fairly accomplished actress. She made a generally good impression.

Mark Shapiro, even though he was working with musicians from the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, kept the music going but infrequently but noticeably did not establish tempi in advance. It took a few minutes for the orchestra to establish itself, but once it did, they did a yeoman's job with the music.

In sum: gauging by the audience response, this was a stellar production of the work; gauging by the old curmudgeonly reviewer, this was the production that needed more rehearsal, both of the music at this stage business, because, with regard to music, it would have been nice if they could have handled the fioriture without having to mark down beats by stamping their collective foot on the downbeats

There is a final performance June 11 at 8 p.m. in the Town Hall Theater, Middlebury.

Burlington resident Dan Wolfe observes and critiques the local arts scene for The Eagle. His column appears weekly.

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