Saturday, February 27, 2010

Opera Omaha's "Marriage of Figaro" Triumphs With Two Barihunks

[Jason Hardy at New York City Opera]

When Jason Hardy performed shirtless in the recent production of New York City Opera's production of Don Giovanni, there was collective "WHOA!" in opera circles. As you can see from the photo, Hardy deservedly attained instant barihunk status with his steamy performance. Hardy was one of two barihunks in the recent production of "Marriage of Figaro" at Opera Omaha, where ticket sales were brisker than usual.

The Omaha World-Herald wrote of his performance:

Bass singer Jason Hardy was no less successful in the title role, singing with a voice like black velvet ––equally dark and soft. Yet his dark instrument was also remarkably flexible. For instance, the notes in his aria “Non più andrai,” Figaro’s playful first act song to Cherubino, were surprisingly light and playful.

The other barihunk was Kelly Markgraf, who has appeared on this site before and is raising eyebrows throughout the opera world for his beautiful singing and equally good looks. Markgraf was also in the New York City Opera's "Don Giovanni," so perhaps Hardy and Markgraf are starting a "Two Barihunks" tour. The World-Herald wrote of his performance:

Kelly Markgraf, as the Count, sang with a voice that was so beautiful and burnished that you almost forgot his character’s vengeful, prideful nature.

Read the entire review HERE.

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  1. Jason Hardy-wow, that is hot. It looks like his chest got shaved a little bit but it's still hot. Hmmm..I might have to take a quick trip to NYC soon. ;) I vote for this shot to be the new Hot Shot at the top.

  2. Yes. That was a Don G for the ages because of Jason Hardy's chest. Kelly Markgraff's Masetto was very good too, probably the best vocally out of everyone.