A Truly Madcap version of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) Returns to Cinemas

By Lynne Gray, Ph.D.

If you have yet to see this beautifully sung and wonderfully entertaining version of The Barber of Seville, Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00 pm is your chance. This one has something in it for everyone – young or old – seasoned opera buff or complete novice. Staring coloratura mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the feisty Rosina whose vocal fireworks never disappoint, Bel Canto heartthrob Juan Diego Florez as her determined suitor Count Almaviva, and Peter Mattei as the wily barber, Figaro – the cast could hardly be better.

Act I finale from Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo, John Relyea, Claudia Waite. Conductor: Maurizio Benini. Production: Bartlett Sher (2006). 2006-07 season.

The opera, subtitled The Useless Precaution, is based on a French comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, and tells the story of a clever and enterprising young barber, Figaro, as he helps his wealthy patron wrest the beautiful Rosina from the clutches of her rather randy guardian, Dr. Bartolo. There are multiple disguises, plots, and counterplots, and just plain hijinks before the lovers are finally united and you don’t want to miss a single one – from the always tipsy butler to the forever sneezing old governess to the smarmy hypocrite, Don Basilio, There is fun, merriment and vocal artistry to spare in this wonderful Met production.

For show times and ticket information please contact https://www.fathomevents.com/series/the-met-live-in-hd-summer-encores

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