Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Sunday, March 22 at 12 noon on PBS
(Check local listings)
The Met's effervescent production of Rossini's classic comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia -featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera-returns to Great Performances at the Met on Sunday, March 22 at 12 p.m. (check local listings) with a dynamic young cast including Lawrence Brownlee as the lovestruck Count Almaviva; Isabel Leonard as Rosina, the feisty ward who captures his heart; and Christopher Maltman in his first Met performances of Figaro, the title barber whose skills extend far beyond hair-cutting.
The New York Times noted "Rossini's effervescent music, an energetic cast and Michael Yeargan's spinning set" and found Leonard to be "a winsome, spunky Rosina." And the Huffington Post observed, "Alternately coquettish and cunning, she has a smile that could twist any man around her finger."
Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, like Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, also sources from Beaumarchais's Figaro Trilogy of plays - Barbiere being the prequel to Mozart's opera. The two operas share common characters: the Barber Figaro of Rossini's title will be the one married in Mozart's opera; Rossini's feisty Rosina will become the long-suffering countess of Mozart's opera; and the romantic Count Almaviva of Rossini's opera will become Mozart's jealous Count.