THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Music by Gioacchino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
FRI 12 | 7:30 PM
SUN 14 | 3:00 PM
WED 17 | 7:30 PM
FRI 19 | 7:30 PM
SUN 21 | 3:00 PM
CLASSIC OPERA | RIOTOUSLY FUNNY | MUSIC YOU LOVE
Sparkling and savvy, Rosina is determined to marry the man she loves—but how will she escape the clutches of her horrid guardian? With the help of Figaro, the cunning barber extraordinaire, of course! Schemes and delight abound as one of the greatest, wittiest, and zaniest operas returns to Boston in an enchanting new production directed by Rosetta Cucchi.
Count Almaviva is smitten with Rosina, the beautiful ward of old Dr. Bartolo, who intends to marry her. Figaro, barber extraordinaire, offers to help Almaviva win her heart. The Count tells Rosina that he is “Lindoro,” a humble student. Figaro suggests that Almaviva disguise himself as a soldier in order to gain access to Bartolo’s house.
The enamored Rosina writes a letter to “Lindoro” and vows to be with the man she loves. Basilio, her music teacher, warns Bartolo about the Count, and Bartolo decides to speed up his own marriage to Rosina. Almaviva arrives disguised as a drunken soldier but is refused entry—although he manages to slip Rosina a love note. Almaviva narrowly avoids arrest in the resulting confusion.
Later that day, Almaviva disguises himself as “Don Alonso,” a substitute music teacher, and the lovers plot their elopement during Rosina’s singing lesson. Figaro distracts Bartolo with a shave, but finally Bartolo get suspicious and throws everyone out.
Now, Bartolo is determined to marry Rosina that very night. He convinces Rosina that Lindoro is plotting with the Count to seduce her. Heartbroken, she agrees to marry Bartolo.
That night, Figaro and Almaviva steal into Rosina’s room. She accuses them of betrayal, but finally Almaviva reveals his true identity. Bartolo and a group of soldiers aren’t far behind—can Figaro’s quick wits win the day for love?