Broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 18th, with a performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville(1775), which was originally an opéra comique, or a mixture of spoken play with music. The performance will be sung in Italian and will run approximately three hours and twenty 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.

THE CAST
Rosina: Diana Damrau
Count Almaviva: Colin Lee
Figaro: Rodion Pogossov
Bartolo: John Del Carlo
Don Basilio: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Conductor: Maurizio Benini