Rossini's The Barber of Seville

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Isabel Leonard as Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as Count Almamiva, and Christopher Maltman as Figaro, in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Isabel Leonard as Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as Count Almamiva, and Christopher Maltman as Figaro, in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts return Saturday at 12 pm with Rossini's comic classic The Barber of Seville. Featured in Bartlett Sher’s production, the performance stars the charismatic baritone Christopher Maltman as the wily barber who helps bring two lovers together.

Isabel Leonard is the fetching heroine Rosina and Lawrence Brownlee is the dashing Count Almaviva, the nobleman who disguises himself to win her heart. Other cast include Maurizio Muraro as Bartolo and Paata Burchuladze as Basilio.

Cast:

Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Rosina: Isabel Leonard
Count Almaviva: Lawrence Brownlee
Figaro: Christopher Maltman
Dr. Bartolo: Maurizio Muraro
Don Basilio: Paata Burchuladze

Comments [7]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, La Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boojnton, NJ

IL BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA is an uncontested masterpiece that has hoisted to stardom its best performers.

The original opera house for its world premiere performances stands today next to an archaelogical site.

On Saturday, October 17,2015 at 6 PM at the New Life Expo at the N.YC. Pennsylvania Hotel, opposite Penn Railroad Sation, I shall reproese, sing, 14 selections out of the 50 I sang in 2 ALL-WAGNER 3 hour -long solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Audoitorium of Carnegie Hall

I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute and opera composer of two Shakespeare operas for a single protagonist heldentenor voice representing Shakespeare, which will appear on my websites in 2017. www.WagnerOpera.com, www.ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.co

Aug. 29 2015 03:08 PM
Concetta nardone from Nassau

I cannot think of anything better for a really dreary day than this beautiful joyful opera, Mr. Goodstone.
Bravi tutti.

Dec. 06 2014 03:03 PM
Victor Goodstone from Brooklyn

Saw and heard a full dress rehearsal of this comic and musical masterpiece at the Met a few years back. It was sublime, and a regular performance couldn't have been better! Pity, that the overwhelming majority of folks out there, under fifty five, couldn't care less about this essentially dying, powerful art form! But, thank G-d, we still have the Metropolitan, WQXR, and on a rainy Brooklyn Sabbath day, I can't think of anything better than to be doing, than listening to this excellent performance!!!

Dec. 06 2014 02:14 PM
Shepsl Topaz from Jackson Heights, NY

Just listening to the overture, it is wonderful to hear this excellent orchestra. Yes, the singers are in the spotlight, but opera orchestras weren't always first-rate ensembles like this one (thank you James Levine for setting the standard here), and having this level of orchestral support is critical for the singers. It is dependable, sensitive to balance, and has the required flexibility.

Opera orchestras rarely get a mention, but with that firm foundation, it's then up to the singers -- solo and chorus -- to prove their mettle.

Dec. 06 2014 12:18 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: Hope you are well. The music for this opera is gorgeous. Mr. Brownlee sings beautifully.
Best wishes

Dec. 06 2014 06:42 AM
tony from new haven,ct

i was there in the house for the opera it was great..all of us had fun..the singing was outstanding...the orch played great and three stars for the conductor....sat,i'll listen to it on the local radio station..

Dec. 05 2014 12:23 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

I only watch the mob scene as too many of the stage productions concentrate on the slapstick aspects. The music is too beautiful and graceful and is often overlooked. Some years ago, the governor of Connecticut (weicher?) was in two charity performances of this opera and he got a pie in the face.
I have a recording of the Barber with Leo Nucci and Cecilia Bartoli and it is wonderful. Also have an old lp recording with Victoria de LosAngeles. Gino Bechi(?) is the Figaro and he is awful. Just screaming. Melchiore Luise is the Doctor Bartolo and his singing in this opera buffa role is beautiful.
Enjoy folks and don't just think of the comedy.

Dec. 05 2014 10:00 AM

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