A masterpiece of comic opera, The Barber of Seville will be performed concertante style in a shortened version by the young singers of the Accademia dell’ Opera di Firenze with the Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by the distinguished Italian interpreter of opera, Sebastiano Rolli.
The Barber of Seville features a charming and enterprising character called Figaro who is the town barber and former servant of the handsome young Count Almaviva. The Count has fallen madly in love with beautiful Rosina, ward of Bartolo, a grumpy old physician who intends to marry Rosina for her substantial dowry when she comes of age. Figaro gets up to all sorts of funny antics in his efforts to help Count Almaviva take Rosina away from Dr Bartolo. The plot is full of intrigue with hilarious twists and turns.
Almaviva, who pretends to be a penniless student so Rosina will not be impressed by his title or land and wealth, visits the house disguised first as an inebriated soldier to be billeted and next as her ridiculously fussy and foppish music teacher. Dr Bartolo is both an old ogre and a pathetic victim. Nevertheless, this crazy story full of funny complications ends happily for everyone, including Rosina’s disagreeable and greedy old guardian. To quell his anger when he discovers that Rosina has already married his rival, the duped old doctor is handsomely endowed with a bag of money by clever Count Almaviva. The Royal Opera House Muscat will present this programme on February 11 at 4pm. For booking, visit www.rohmuscat.org.om