Figaro in “il Barbiere di Siviglia” at Florida Grand Opera

December 13th, 2015
“The strapping baritone David Pershall, in his FGO debut, dominates every scene he enters as the vibrant Figaro with a gusto that emanates with every note he sings”

Miami Herald
“David Pershall brought movie-star charisma and lots of personality to Figaro.”
“Pershall’s Figaro was perfect. With the right amount of picaresque intent and devil-may-care attitude, he played his role effectively as liaison between the players in the amorous triangle. His introductory aria, the instantly recognizable “Largo al factotum della città” was performed with aplomb”

Figaro in "Barbiere" FGO
Megan Marino (Rosina), David Pershall (Figaro)
Photo: Brittany Mazzurco Muscato © Florida Grand Opera

“Of the two most famous barbers in all of musical theatre, the dark side belongs to Sweeney Todd and the light side, to Figaro. Baritone David Pershall, a good looking, vibrant performer, fleshed out Figaro’s joie de vivre with antics, characterization and a matchless voice which delighted the audience all evening.

Rossini was the champion of a new style of opera which he called bel canto (beautiful singing) in contrast with the operatic styles of the Classical period. Bel canto is dazzling to audience and singers alike, marked by flowing vocal leaps in a single bound, luscious melodies with a mind-numbing array of notes in a single phrase. According to Rossini, it’s a style of music that requires a beautiful voice throughout the whole range, the mastery of a style that can’t be taught.

Pershall, with a gleaming smile, punctuated the rhythmic changes and embraced the songlike melody of Figaro’s instantly recognizable Largo al factotum della città. Singing of his many talents (doctor, barber, matchmaker), Pershall drew spurts of laughter from the audience as he trimmed and shaped the hair of a hastily conscripted gang of underemployed extras, miraculously changing one extra’s hair color twice! Pershall’s pipes were powerful and subtle at the same time, loading every la-la-la and Figaro-Figaro-Figaro with personality and precision, squeezing every bit of nuance out of this most famous of all arias. Pershall was sure-footed on the stage, which he commanded, striking a triumphant stance after nailing the aria’s ending, drawing howls from the audience.”
“Especial mención para Megan Marino, como Rosina y por supuesto, para David Pershall que, en el rol titular, se llevó el teatro abajo, sobre todo, en la ovación final.”

“Special mention to Megan Marino, as Rosina, and of course, to David Pershall who, in the title role, brought down the theater, especially in the final ovation.”