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Washington National Opera: The Barber of Seville

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Saturday, May 19, 2018

Washington National Opera

"Figaro! Figaro! Fiiigarooo!" Can the sharp-witted barber of Seville help Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina away from a bumbling doctor? A stellar cast joins this WNO revival of Rossini's delightful comedy--one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time, boasting uproarious laughs and sensational music in equal measure.

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A cut, a shave, a scheme, a prank… all in a day's work!
 
The Barber of Seville
(Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Music by Gioachino Rossini / Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
In Italian with Projected English Titles
WNO Production
 
"Figaro! Figaro! Fiiigarooo!" Indeed, demand is at an all-time high for the sharp-scissored and equally sharp-witted barber of Seville. Chief among the clamoring masses is Count Almaviva, who begs his friend to help him woo the beautiful young Rosina. The catch? A bumbling, older doctor has claimed her first! Pulling from a bottomless bag of tricks and disguises, this scheming duo stops at nothing--breaking and entering, shaving distractions, even good old-fashioned bribery--to turn the tables in the name of true love.
 
A stellar cast joins this revival of our own production of Rossini's delightful comedy, one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time. Last staged by WNO in 2009, The Barber of Seville boasts uproarious laughs and sensational music in equal measure with its sparkling melodies, high-flying vocal fireworks, and tour-de-force show stoppers--including the iconic and notoriously challenging baritone aria "Largo al factotum" as well as Rosina's "Una voce poco fa," which soars with thrilling coloratura that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Performance Timing: Act I - 96 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act II - 57 min.

"Figaro is one of my favorite roles, and I am very excited to bring it to Washington and make my American debut with it!"--Andrey Zhilikhovsky

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CASTING FOR ALL PERFORMANCES EXCEPT MAY 17
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Rosina:                        
Isabel Leonard
Count Almaviva:         
Taylor Stayton
Figaro:             
Andrey Zhilikhovsky
Berta:
Alexandria Shiner
Dr. Bartolo:     
Paolo Bordogna
Don Basilio:    
Wei Wu

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CASTING FOR THE MAY 17 DOMINGO-CAFRITZ YOUNG ARTIST PERFORMANCE
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Rosina:
Allegra De Vita
Count Almaviva:
Arnold Livingston Geis
Figaro:
Christopher Kenney
Berta:
Alexandria Shiner
Dr. Bartolo:
Paolo Bordogna
Don Basilio:
Timothy J. Bruno

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CREATIVE TEAM FOR THE PRODUCTION
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Director:                      
Peter Kazaras
Conductor:      
Emily Senturia
Set Designer:   
Allen Moyer
Costume Designer:      
James Scott
Lighting Designer:      
Mark McCullough
Choreographer
Rosa Mercedes

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COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of The Barber of Seville.

Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights for The Barber of Seville will be led by Ken Weiss, Music Administrator.

POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACKS WITH THE ARTISTS
Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. 
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

The Barber of Seville Talkback Dates:
Monday, May 7
Sunday, May 13
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Watch and Listen

Barber of Seville | "Largo al factotum"

Barber of Seville | Music Lesson

Barber of Seville | "Una voce poco fa"