Original Lyric Production The Barber of Seville

By Gioachino Rossini

  • Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 3 hours, 5 minutes with 1 intermission

Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who’s going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini’s music—the aural equivalent of champagne—is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber the most popular of all operatic comedies.

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This production of The Barber of Seville was presented at Lyric September 28 – October 27, 2019. Visit the Lyric Opera calendar to see what is currently on stage.


Wickedly funny, elegantly sung, cleverly directed.

Chicago Tribune


Hearts were soaring both onstage and in the audience.

Chicago Sun-Times

This wholly delightful Barber gets the company’s season off on a leaping high note.

Chicago Classical Review

Benefiting from an outstanding cast of international vocalists...the performance was a winner...four-star worthy.

Third Coast Review

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The Barber of Seville

By Gioachino Rossini

The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

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"Largo al factotum"
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"Una voce poco fa"
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"Ecco ridente in cielo"
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The Barber of Seville

By Gioachino Rossini

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Time Late 18th century | Place Seville, Spain

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Go inside this production of The Barber of Seville with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet the Artists

Adam Plachetka


Marianne Crebassa


Lawrence Brownlee

Count Almaviva

Alessandro Corbelli


Krzysztof Bączyk*


Sir Andrew Davis


Stefano Sarzani

Conductor (Oct. 18)

Rob Ashford

Original Director

Tara Faircloth

Revival Director

Scott Pask

Set Designer

Catherine Zuber

Costume Designer

Howard Harrison

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric debut

Pre-Opera Talks

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Photo: Robert Kusel