Thursday, March 11 • 12:00 pm
Tutti all’ Opera! -Learn about The Barber of Seville
Presented by Ashley Galvani Bell and Anton Armendariz Diaz
If you cannot attend the virtual matinee, you will receive a link to watch the event within 48 hours, at your convenience.
Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! This familiar tune is from one of the world’s most famous operas, The Barber of Seville. Learn about the history, structure, and prominence in modern culture of Rossini’s exciting, innovative and fun opera – and find out who is Figaro.
Italian opera composer Gioacchino Rossini wrote 39 operas before retiring at the young age of 37. He was groundbreaking for his time in the world of both opera seria and opera buffa (comedic opera), but perhaps his most famous opera is the opera buffa Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
The work is a prequel to Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and both works are drawn from a three-part trilogy by the playwright Beaumarchais, who had several of his plays banned for their revolutionary nature and the power afforded to the lower classes.