Barber of Seville

New Chamber Opera Studio
Opera in Oxford


Rossini’s instantly recognizable overture to Barber of Seville has dazzled and delighted operagoers for centuries. Based on the first of a trilogy of plays by Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais, the opera tells the story of Count Almaviva’s quest to free Rosina from her tyrannical guardian Dr. Bartolo, and to win her love. He enlists the help of the town barber and “general factotum” Figaro, whose entrance is accompanied by perhaps the most famous music ever written for the operatic stage.


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