Jarrett as Figaro
Music by GIOACHINO ROSSINI
Libretto by CESARE STERBINI
IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
“Figaro! Figaro! FI-GA-RO!” Mischief and matchmaking run rampant when opera’s most famous barber returns to Dayton. Figaro not only cuts hair but is also a schemer and a matchmaker like no other. When the ardent young Count Almaviva needs a hand wooing high-spirited Rosina, he turns to Figaro to help him outwit Rosina's selfish old guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Buoyed by Rossini’s bubbling music, this zany romance sweeps you along through unexpected twists and turns until an ending that leaves everyone happy. You’ll be smiling, too!
After a famously disastrous opening night that left the composer in tears, The Barber of Seville has gone on to become the most famous comic opera ever written. It’s impossible to resist Rossini’s sparkling score combined with his unforgettable characters—irrepressible Figaro, love-smitten Almaviva, sly Rosina, crotchety Dr. Bartolo, and Don Basilio, Rosina’s pretentious windbag of a voice teacher.
Along the way you’ll hear a gem of the baritone repertoire when Figaro introduces himself in one of the jolliest, trickiest arias ever, “Largo al factotum,” known to most by its memorable “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!” interjection. Whether you’re an opera lover or a newbie, The Barber of Seville will lift your spirits. It’s also a great starter opera for your children, who probably know some of it from Bugs Bunny’s "Rabbit of Seville" cartoon.