Four black musicians were simultaneously in the spotlight in recent days -- two with the Boston Lyric Opera and two with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.
The freshest news came in the Opera's production of Rossini's popular "Barber of Seville," which enjoyed a seven-performance run at the Shubert Theatre. Here the Count Almaviva eventually wins the hand of Rosina, the ward of the over-protective Dr. Bartolo, who raises one obstacle after another.
The role of the Count was entrusted to black tenor Lawrence Brownlee, making his Boston debut. It was easy to understand why he won the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions.
Though he is of short stature, his voice is …