Until 2nd January 2016
With its performances of the lyrical opera The Barber of Seville, from 16th December 2015 to 2nd January 2016, the Metropolitan Opera finishes the year on a high note.
For an unmissable lyrical experience, the Metropolitan Opera in New York has laid on a festive celebration for the end of 2015 by staging The Barber of Seville until 2nd January 2016. Thought of as the masterpiece of Italian comic opera, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is one of the operas that have remained part of the global repertoire ever since its premiere in Rome. It was also one of Rossini’s first European successes.
Written in 1816, this popular masterpiece takes its inspiration from the first part of Beaumarchais’ trilogy about the Almaviva family. Set in Seville in the 18th century, this comic opera presents the story of Count Almaviva and his desperate attempts to win the hand of Rosine, with whom he has fallen in love. Almaviva calls on his former servant the barber, Figaro to act as go-between and help him with Rosina, who is jealously watched over by her guardian Dr. Bartolo who also hopes to marry her. The two accomplices attempt many different stratagems to bring the two lovers together, often resulting in farcical situations. The story of Figaro has always delighted audiences thanks to its melodious music, undeniable comic flair, youthful gaiety and eternal freshness.
The version staged by the Metropolitan Opera brings together Elliot Madore and the mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in the roles of Figaro and Rosina. The Barber of Seville is staged by the winning Broadway combination of Bartlett Sher and Michael Yeargan. The opera has already received rave reviews from the critics. Between verbal fireworks, changes of fortune and outlandish situations, this is a wonderful opera which casts a spell on its audience for two hours: laughter, disguises, serenades and comic stratagem all keep the opera true to the fun of Beaumarchais’ original play.
The Barber of Seville is one of the best operas in the classical repertoire for an evening of laughter and music, well suited to the festive season.
For further details on this opera
Place : The Metropolitan Opera
Address : Lincoln Center, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza - 10029, New York
District : Upper West Side
Open hours : 7.30pm
Transport : Metro: 66th St Lincoln Center