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The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)
By Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

The Barber of Seville, or The Futile Precaution (Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L’inutile precauzione) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775), which was originally an opéra comique, or a spoken play with music.

Rossini’s Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all “opere buffe.” Even after two hundred years, its popularity on the modern opera stage attests to that greatness, and the popularity of Rossini’s musical genius.

Beaumarchais explains the plot of The Barber of Seville in his forward: ‘‘An amorous old man intends to marry his ward on the following day; a young man who is more clever forestalls him, and on that very day, captures the girl in the guardian’s house, right under his nose, and makes her his wife.’’

There are many comical points in the opera — pay close attention to the dialogue between Bartolo and Almaviva. Rossini’s melodies are bright and smooth, so the opera’s musical story flows freely. You will, of course, be humming or whistling the overture for weeks after!

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