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    The Barber of Seville, Opera by G. Rossini

    The Barber of Seville, Opera by G. Rossini

    “Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” The cunning barber and his hilarious escapades have inspired several famous composers to immortalise them in operatic form, but The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini is definitely a standout work. The comedic charge of the libretto and the Italian composer’s infectious melodies make every revival a musical celebration. The Baths of Caracalla in Rome provide an impressive backdrop for the dynamic action and wonderful score that will make opera fans in Rome truly happy.

    The Sevillian barber Figaro was originally created by the French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais in 1775, and his wit and good humour find their perfect match in Rossini’s playful score. Il barbiere di Seviglia, as the opera’s Italian title goes, introduces us to the predicament of Count Almaviva and Rosina whose love is under threat: Dr Bartolo is plotting to marry the young lady against her will, and there seems to be no way escape.

    Enter Figaro, the town’s barber who decides to use his frequent visits to the doctor’s house to assist the young couple. A series of comedic situations ensues, garnered with Rossini’s irresistible music. It is hard to believe that the Italian composer purportedly completed the opera’s score within three weeks’ time, an impressive feat by all accounts.

    The Barber of Seville is based on an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. It had its premiere in Rome’s Teatro Argentina on 20 February 1816. It was not an immediate success due to a variety of extraneous circumstances, none of which had anything to do with the opera’s inherent quality. Over two centuries later, Rossini’s tale of the noble and witty Figaro and his quest to help true love has stood the test of time. Audiences at the Baths of Caracalla will find themselves taken in from the first notes of the famous opening aria ‘Largo al factotum’ already.

    image Terme di Caracalla / Photo by C.M. Falsini