Composed by Gioachino Rossini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, is considered the most famous opera buffa of all time. Rossini wrote this comic opera in under two weeks, using material from overtures to two previous operas, a typical technique that allowed him to quickly produce works. The Barber of Seville, with its vibrant cast of characters and dynamic musical overture, took an extremely different approach to the opera genre at the time of its debut in 1816. Its setting and characters takes its audience on a delightful romp through the streets of Seville. After falling in love at first sight with the beautiful Rosina, Count Almaviva, assisted by Figaro the barber, finds himself on a whimsical journey to keep all other suitors away from her while he tries to capture her heart. This version by Joan Font (of Comediants) at El Gran Teatre del Liceu uses devices from popular and street drama that are characteristic of the company's style.
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