The Met presents an all-new holiday presentation: an abridged, English-language version of Rossini's classic comedy The Barber of Seville. Check out scenes from the production below!
Bartlett Sher returns to direct this adaptation of his hit 2006 production, which will have a running time of approximately two hours. Yves Abel conducts a cast led by Isabel Leonard as the feisty heroine Rosina, Alek Shrader as the handsome Count Almaviva, Rodion Pogossov as the local jack-of-all-trades Figaro, John Del Carlo as the wicked Dr. Bartolo, and Jordan Bisch as the music teacher Don Basilio. The new English-language libretto is by J. D. McClatchy, the American poet who also provided the translation for the Met's holiday production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. In keeping with the Met's recent tradition of family-oriented holiday programming, The Barber of Seville will feature sharply discounted tickets and a special weekday matinee performance.
The Barber of Seville is the third opera to be presented in English as a Met holiday presentation, joining The Magic Flute and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Bartlett Sher's production of IL Barbiere di Siviglia premiered to critical acclaim in the Met's 2006-07 season and has been performed a total of 50 times over four subsequent seasons.
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