Ottawa's Barber is brushing up his skills

Ottawa's Barber is brushing up his skills

Jenna Simeonov

Ottawans, do you love opera? Do you love a good haircut? Head over to Byward Market Square tomorrow to find out more about both.

Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of The Barber of Seville opens September 26th, and not only will baritone Joshua Hopkins sing the title role (Torontonians caught him in the COC’s Barber last spring), he’ll be getting a lesson in the tonsorial arts (#wordoftheday!) from House of Barons Barber Shop.

Hopkins will practice on folks like Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Hugo Lopez of the Ottawa Redbacks, and “Butterfly Boy” Jonathan Pitre. Of course, because he’s Figaro, Hopkins will be singing while he works.

The barbers trade tips tomorrow at 12:15pm, 60 Byward Market Square. Ottawa readers, I implore you to send me video footage.

Also, go see Opera Lyra’s Barber! It’s got a stellar cast of Canadians, including Marion Newman (Rosina), Peter McGillivray (Bartolo), Giles Tomkins (Basilio), and Schmopera contributor Isaiah Bell (Count Almaviva). For details and ticket information, follow the box office links below.



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