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Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Tickets

Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Tickets
Rossini's comic masterpiece, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is one of the most highly acclaimed and most often performed opera buffa in the operatic canon. Follow the love story as the barber Figaro helps Count Almaviva to win the hand of the fair Rosina in a series of plots involving disguises, deception, and bribes. Buy Il Barbiere Di Siviglia tickets today to experience the beautiful music and hilarious tale live.

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Il Barbiere Di SivigliaFriday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Lyric Opera House - MD
Baltimore, Maryland

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Il Barbiere Di SivigliaSunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Lyric Opera House - MD
Baltimore, Maryland

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Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Information

About the Show:

Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione (The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution), is a two-act opera buffa (comic opera) by Gioachino Rossini. It is based on Pierre Beaumarchais' 1775 comedy "Le Barbier de Seville," which was an opera comique, or a spoken play with music. Il Barbiere Di Siviglia premiered on February 20, 1816 at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. It made its American debut at New York's Park Theater on November 29, 1825, making it one of the first Italian operas to be performed in the United States. It is considered to be one of the greatest comedic operas of all time, and still remains popular today as a testament to that legacy.

Il Barbiere Di Siviglia is adapted from the first play of Beaumarchais' Figaro trilogy. Interestingly, another enduring piece, Mozart's popular 1786 opera Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) is based on the second play in the series. Rossini's was actually not the first operatic adaptation of Le Barbier de Seville; both Giovanni Paisiello and Nicolas Isouard penned versions in the eighteenth century, but Rossini's alone has stood the test of time and established itself as part of the operatic canon. It actually received harsh criticism and audience reception on its opening night, largely because Paisiello considered Rossini's new version to be an insult to him, and his fans were displeased that it was remade. But from the second night on, it was a smashing success, and it continues to be so today. Get your Il Barbiere Di Siviglia tickets today to see this classic comedic opera masterpiece.

Plot Synopsis:

Act I: Night has fallen in 1800s Seville at the house of Dr. Bartolo as Count Almaviva serenades Rosina, the doctor's well-protected ward, from beneath her window. When she doesn't respond, he pays the accompanying musicians and they exit. Figaro, a barber at the employ of Bartolo, enters, telling of his many duties as the neighborhood factotum. Upon meeting Almaviva, Figaro agrees to help him win Rosina's heart in exchange for an impressive sum of money. When Bartolo leaves the house to make arrangements to wed Rosina himself, Almaviva begins another serenade, this time under the alias of "Lindoro," a poor student who offers nothing but love.

Inside the house, Rosina delights in the enchanting voice of Lindoro and vows to escape Bartolo to be with him. Figaro enters, but the pair hides when they hear footsteps. Bartolo enters with Basilio, Rosina's music teacher, who advises Bartolo to be wary of Count Almaviva's pursuit of Rosina and counsels him to slander his name. When Figaro warns Rosina that Bartolo intends to marry her the next day, she sends him away with a letter to Lindoro. While Bartolo interrogates Rosina and boasts of his intelligence, Almaviva enters in the guise of a drunken soldier seeking shelter. He slips a note to Rosina, and when Bartolo demands to see it, she substitutes her laundry list. When police arrive to investigate all the commotion, Almaviva whispers his true identity to the police officer and, much to everyone's befuddlement, he is promptly released.

Act II: Disguised as "Don Alonso," a replacement music teacher for the purportedly sick Basilio, Count Almaviva arrives at Bartolo's house. Rosina immediately recognizes her suitor and they begin their lesson as Bartolo sleeps in his chair. Figaro enters, and while shaving Bartolo, steals the balcony window key from him. Basilio enters for the scheduled lesson, but leaves, feigning sickness, upon receiving a bribe from Almaviva. When Bartolo overhears the lovers planning their secret wedding, he sends Rosina to her room, the gentlemen out of the house, and sends for Basilio. He dispatches Basilio to fetch a notary and convinces Rosina that Lindoro is really a lackey of Almaviva. When Figaro and Almaviva climb the ladder to her window, she initially refuses them, but when Almaviva explains that he and Lindoro are one and the same, she is delighted. Bartolo steals the ladder, trapping the trio inside, but before he can get to Rosina, Basilio enters with the notary and marries Rosina and Almaviva on a bribe. When Bartolo finally arrives to the the pair already wed, he is furious, but he accepts their union when Almaviva agrees to let him keep Rosina's dowry.

Run Time:

Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes


Appropriate for all ages, but due to length and format, recommended for teens and older.

Creative Team:

Written byGioachino Rossini
Italian Libretto byCesare Sterbini
Based onLa Barbier de Seville by Pierre Beaumarchais

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