The Barber of Seville at the Royal Swedish Opera

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Music by Gioachino Rossini

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logooperanPerformed in Italian with Swedish text on surtitles

One of opera repertoires’ most witty comedy show with true carnival mood about youth and love down to old age and greed. Barber of Seville premiered in February 1816 and it is said that Gioachino Rossini wrote the music in just 19 days. The first night was a fiasco, but then came the successes and the opera is one of the most played. The director is the opera legend Knut Hendriksen and in some of the characters we see brilliant young singer Joel Annmo, Ms Holmberg, and Jens Persson.

Brief Synopsis: Count Almaviva is in love with Rosina. To ensure that she is not simply attracted by his money, he pretends to be the poor student Lindoro. However, he is not the only man fond of her. Rosina’s guardian, Doctor Bartolo, wishes to marry his protégée and keeps her under lock and key for this reason. In order that his advances might succeed, Count Almaviva employs the help of the town barber, the crafty fixer Figaro.

The Barber of Seville is Gioacchino Rossini’s exurberant comic opera based on Beaumarchais’ trilogy, which continues with the famous Mariage of Figaro. Even the overture is a miniature masterpiece.

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