Figaro here, Figaro there: A Barber at the Opera! - Sports-celebrity Barber Ménick at the Opéra de Montréal!

    Tuesday, January 15, 2008 in the "Hall des Pas Perdus" at Place des Arts
         from noon to 6 p.m.: free shave as Rossini's music plays in
                               the background
     from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: arias from The Barber of Seville performed by
                     three soloists from the production

    MONTREAL, Jan. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Hear ye, hear ye... the Opéra de Montréal
has invited Montreal's most renowned barber to bring his razor and strop to
the "Hall des Pas Perdus" at Place des Arts on Tuesday, January 15, 2008. From
noon to 6 p.m., Ménick, famous barber to Montreal celebrities and sports
figures - and an opera fan - will be offering free shaves as Rossini's music
plays in the background! All comers are welcome to experience his skill with a
straight razor. Participants and the general public will have a chance to win
tickets to Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Hear ye, hear ye...!
    As an added treat, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., three soloists from the
production - Aaron St. Clair Nicholson (Figaro), Julie Boulianne (Rosina), and
Stephen Morscheck (Bartolo) - will perform excerpts from Rossini's masterpiece
The Barber of Seville, presented by the Opéra de Montréal beginning
February 2, 2008.


    From Maurice Richard to Sidney Crosby, from "Mad Dog" Vachon to Chuck
Norris, Ménick has shaved them all! The clientele at his Masson Street shop -
where he has been doing the honours for over 45 years - still includes many
other well-known figures.
    "I'm 63 years old, and I'm here every day at 7 or 7:30 in the morning.
And yet, the shop only opens at 9 a.m. It gives me time to read the papers,
and get a feel for what the day is going to be like. At noon, don't go looking
for me anywhere else... This is where I'll be. I don't move from here. That's
the way it is, six days a week. On Sunday, I go to church... though it's true
there seems to be less of us than there used to be..."

    The Barber of Seville by Rossini

    Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
    February 2, 6, 9, 11, 14, 2008 at 8 p.m. + February 16, 2008 at 2 p.m.

    Aaron St. Clair Nicholson (Figaro); Frédéric Antoun (Almaviva); Julie
Boulianne (Rosine); Donato di Stefano (Bartolo); Stephen Morscheck (Basilio).
Jacques Lacombe conducts l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Choeur de
l'Opéra de Montréal; staged by Alain Gauthier.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Marie Marais, Press Officer, (514)

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