This week's broadcast from the Met features Gioacchino Rossini's comic masterpiece Il Barbiere di Seviglia (The Barber of Seville).
The production stars Rodion Pogossov as Figaro, the wiley barber who helps bring two lovers together. Soprano Diana Damrau is the fetching heroine Rosina, and rising South African tenor Colin Lee makes his Met role debut as Count Almaviva, the nobleman who disguises himself to win Rosina's heart.
John Del Carlo is Rosina's guardian, Dr. Bartolo, and Ferruccio Furlanetto is his co-conspirator, the music teacher Don Basilio. Marco Armiliato conducts the performance, staged by the Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher.