September 13, 2019
The Barber of Seville: After the Curtain Falls
In Seville, the town barber is a man of many talents. From cutting hair to knowing the town gossip to matchmaking, Figaro is your go-to guy, especially when you need an elaborate scheme to marry the girl you love and save her from her pompous old guardian.
Craving more about Gioachino Rossini and The Barber of Seville? Lyric has lots of suggestions and resources to help you explore more about this production and its stories. Read on for cast profiles and video extras, suggestions on further reading and listening, relive moments from the show, take in notes about the opera and much more. Enjoy!
The Barber of Seville's story is simple but layered with comedic complications. The beautiful Rosina is pursued by Count Almaviva but Bartolo, Rosina's guardian, also wants to marry her. Before it's all over, the count has assumed several identities: 1) a guy named Lindoro, 2) a drunken soldier, and 3) a music teacher named Don Alonso. There's a close call with Rosina feeling betrayed and almost marrying Bartolo but through it all with a good deal of help from Figaro, love finds its way. After several comedic reverses, Rosina marries the count, and Bartolo, accepting his fate, joins in the celebration of love.
If you're unfamiliar with the story, or need a refresher, watch the video below for a quick overview of the plot.
Rossini's Barber has endured for so many years because it is a flawless coupling of a delightful story that's full of extraordinarily human characters with Rossini's music – straightforward, easily comprehended by the listener, and bursting with energy, joy and an unbridled sense of spontaneity. Thanks to its impressive riffs and catchy melodies, the music from The Barber of Seville pops up everywhere in pop culture — click here to find out where you've heard these arias before, listen to excerpts below, then explore our recommendations for further listening.
The Barber of Seville
By Gioachino Rossini
"Largo al factotum"
"Una voce poco fa"
"Ecco ridente in cielo"
To continue exploring The Barber of Seville, Lyric dramaturg and program editor Roger Pines suggests the following performances on CD and digital platforms:
Videos and DVDs
Watch the videos below to go behind the scenes of our production of The Barber of Seville and then continue your exploration with our recommendations for full-length broadcast recordings of the opera.
To continue exploring The Barber of Seville, Lyric dramaturg and program editor Roger Pines suggests the following performances on DVD:
Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
The Cast and Characters
At Lyric you'll hear a brilliant international cast. What's wonderful about these artists is that they're not only spectacularly accomplished singers — they're also priceless comedians! Learn more about the cast and the characters they portray here.