The Sunday Opera: Giaoachino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" from the San Franciso Opera

Nov 1, 2018

Early costume sketch for Figaro in "The Barber of Seville"

Beaumarchais’ trickster Figaro is the central figure on this week’s Sunday Opera (11/4 3:00 p.m.) in the San Francisco Opera production of Giaochino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”  Luca Meacham is the wily Figaro, Daniela Mack the lovelorn Rosina, and Rene Barbera the fickle Count Almaviva.  Joining them are Alessandro Corbelli as the greedy Doctor Bartolo, Andrea Silvestrelli as Don Basilio, and Catherine Cook, Edward Nelson, and Efrain Solis as Berta, Fiorello, and Ambrogio.  Giuseppe Finzi conducts.  

After the opera, we’ll hear a gem from the pen of a very young Rossini when host Michael Kownacky brings you a comic opera Rossini wrote when he was only 18, “Il Cambiale di Matrimonio” or “The Wedding Contract.”