Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Head and shoulders ... opera's funniest comedy
Based on the first of the Beaumarchais plays that revolve around the Almavivas and Figaro, Le Barbier de Séville, Rossini’s Barber, one of operas greatest masterpieces of comedy, will be conducted by Rossini specialist David Parry. Making their Grange debuts, Stephen Barlow and Andrew D Edwards reunite with Howard Hudson to follow their successful La Boheme, bringing sparkle, fun and finesse to an opera full of great tunes, exhilarating rhythms and electrifying ensembles. We are proud to have secured as good an international Rossini cast as can be desired. Marvel at the wit and inventiveness of the ever-resourceful Figaro in stage-managing the hilarious action and relish the delicious and infectious music.
- Composer — Gioachino Rossini
- Librettist — Cesare Sterbini
- Based on — Pierre Beaumarchais's Le Barbier de Séville (1775)
- Orchestra — Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
- Act I
- Act II
~ Act I ~
Outside Dr Bartolo's house, a group of musicians, with the disguised Count Almaviva, serenade Rosina. Rosina, the ward of Bartolo, offers no answer to the musicians' serenade, the count pays them off and sends them away. Figaro, enters singing about being the city's factotum. Almaviva asks Figaro for help to win over Rosina. Bartolo leaves the house with plans to marry Rosina. Almaviva serenades Rosina again, telling her his name is Lindoro and that love is all he has to offer. Figaro suggests that Almaviva disguise himself as a poor drunken soldier ordered to stay with Bartolo. Almaviva is so delighted with the plan, he pays Figaro generously.
Inside Bartolo's house, Rosina taken with Lindoro's song, sings about the voice she has just heard. She writes a letter to Lindoro, while secretly planning a way to escape from Bartolo. Moments later, Figaro joins her, but the two quickly leave at the sound of footsteps.
Bartolo arrives with Don Basilio, a music tutor. Basilio tells Bartolo that Almaviva competes with him to win the hand of Rosina, and that Bartolo must slander Almaviva's name. Figaro overhears that Bartolo plans to marry Rosina the following day, and persuades her to give him the letter she has written to Lindoro so that he can deliver it. Alone with Bartolo, Rosina is questioned and reminded that Bartolo is unable to be tricked. Midway through his interrogation, they are interrupted by the sound of vigorous knocking on the door. Berta, Bartolo's maid, answers the door to find Almaviva as the drunken soldier. She brings him up to Bartolo. As the two men argue, Almaviva manages to pass a letter to Rosina, whispering to her that he is Lindoro. Bartolo sees this and demands Rosina hand him the letter. She complies, but gives him her laundry list instead. Figaro rushes into the room, warning them that their incessant arguing has attracted a crowd, and that authorities are on their way to settle the dispute. Bartolo, Berta, and Basilio take pleasure in watching the authorities take the disguised Almaviva away from the house. Before he is escorted to jail, they are quickly amazed when he is released without any fuss. Almaviva only had to whisper his identity to them before they complied with letting him go.
~ Act II ~
Disguised as the substitute music teacher of Don Basilio, Almaviva arrives to tutor Rosina. Bartolo is hesitant at first to let him in, but after Almaviva shows him Rosina's letter to Lindoro, Bartolo invites him in. Almaviva tells Bartolo that he plans to discredit Lindoro, as he thinks he is a servant to and doing the bidding for Count Almaviva. When Almaviva enters the room, Rosina instantly recognises him as her suitor and the two begin their lesson. Figaro arrives to give Bartolo his scheduled shave and takes him to another room, stealing a key to the balcony along the way, leaving Almaviva and Rosina alone. Don Basilio shows up looking much better, but is quickly turned away when Almaviva bribes him.
Almaviva and Rosina discuss their plans to elope, but are overheard by Bartolo. He immediately pushes Figaro and Almaviva out of the house and sends Rosina to her room. Bartolo, then, calls for Basilio. Berta is in a faff from all the confusion. Bartolo convinces Rosina that Lindoro is just a henchman of Count Almaviva. Later that evening after a large thunderstorm, Almaviva dressed as his true self arrives with Figaro. The two men climb up to the balcony and unlock Rosina's door. As they begin to abduct Rosina, she initially protests. After Almaviva explains that he has been in disguise as Lindoro the whole time, she quickly falls for him. As they start to leave the house, Basilio arrives with a notary intending to marry Rosina and Bartolo. After another bribe, Basilio allows the notary to marry Almaviva and Rosina instead. Once the marriage is officiated, Bartolo arrives. Almaviva makes a deal with Bartolo that allows Bartolo to keep the dowry, and Rosina and Almaviva remain together without any objections.