Broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, June 21, with a performance of The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's 1775 comedy Le Barbier de Séville, which was originally an opéra comique, or a mixture of spoken word and music. The performance will be sung in Italian and will run approximately three hours and fifteen minutes.
In the perennially popular The Barber of Seville, the resourceful barber Figaro comes to the aid of his former master, Count Almaviva. The handsome Count is deliriously in love with the ravishing young Rosina, a ward of old Dr. Bartolo who is determined to marry her himself. Rossini's razor-sharp wit glints through every scene in this riotous yet musically elegant comedy, one of the most popular in the operatic repertoire. Michael Mariotti conducts.