NEWBERRY — Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s “The Barber of Seville” features a cast of 65 with orchestra, chorus and soloists, sets and glorious costumes. The production will be sung in Italian with English super titles at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Newberry Opera House.
Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” is considered to be the finest comic opera in existence. From start to finish, it is marvelously crafted, brilliantly inventive and uproariously funny.
The plot, based on Beaumarchais’s classic play, features Figaro, the wily barber and jack-of-all-trades, who is here, there and everywhere, helping Count Almaviva steal away the beautiful Rosina from her curmudgeonly old guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Outrageous disguises, bold schemes and a missing ladder all figure into the plot, but the real reason to see “Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)” is to revel in Rossini’s dazzling melodies.
Gioachino Rossini’s Barber, with lyrics by Cesare Sterbini has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buff of all “opere buffe.” Even after 200 years, its popularity on the modern opera stage attests to that greatness.
For tickets and information call the Newberry Opera House Box Office at 276-6264 or visit online at www.newberryoperahouse.com.