Rossini’s melodies create the perfect atmosphere for the ever-popular comedy, Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). Based on the Beaumarchais play of the same name, this farce makes use of outrageous scheming, hilarious disguises, and the vocal talent of the Academy of Vocal Arts' award-winning resident artists. Don't miss this very special broadcast on Saturday, November 10th, 1 to 4 pm.
You can also see the AVA resident artists in live performances of the opera:
Central Bucks South High School, Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm; Centennial Hall, The Haverford School, Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30 pm and Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 pm. Limited Tickets Available Here.
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868): THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini (1784-1831)
(in order of vocal appearance)
Fiorello: Stephen Barchi
Count Almaviva: Diego Silva
Figaro: Steven LaBrie
Rosina: Sydney Mancasola
Dr. Bartolo: Musa Ngqungwana
Ambrogio: Nelson Ebo
Don Basilio: Patrick Guetti
Un Ufficiale: Zachary Nelson
Un Notaio: Mo El Zein
Richard A. Raub Conductor
Calling himself “Lindoro,” Almaviva serenades Rosina by night, successfully winning both her love and the favor of Figaro, who agrees to help him marry Rosina—for a fee. With Figaro’s help, Almaviva receives a love letter written by Rosina and addressed to “Lindoro,” and hatches a plan to infiltrate Bartolo’s home disguised as a drunk soldier lodged in his house. Meanwhile, the music master Don Basilio has already informed Bartolo that Almaviva also plans to marry Rosina. When Almaviva attempts to enter Bartolo’s home as the drunk soldier, the two get into a heated argument. In the commotion, Almaviva manages to slip a love letter to Rosina, before the police arrive to throw him out.
Almaviva returns to Bartolo’s home in disguise. This time he is “Don Alonso,” a substitute for Don Basilio. Meanwhile, Figaro arrives to give Bartolo his shave, and steals the key to the balcony while the doctor is distracted. Rosina immediately recognizes this substitute music teacher as her beloved Lindoro and they plan their elopement while Bartolo is shaved. Overhearing the plan, Bartolo drives Almaviva and Figaro from the house and locks Rosina in her room. Bartolo then sends for a notary, and convinces Rosina that “Lindoro” is really Almaviva’s lackey. Almaviva and Figaro return, breaking into Rosina’s room and reassuring Rosina that Lindoro and Almaviva are the same person. The notary enters, and, in Bartolo’s absence, mistakenly marries Rosina to Almaviva. When Bartolo eventually returns he is angered by the news. However, Almaviva is able to placate the doctor by promising that he will be allowed to keep the bride’s dowry.