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The Barber of Seville

a comic opera in two acts
by Gioacchino Rossini & Cesare Sterbini


Sung in Italian with projected English translations


University Opera Theatre & University Symphony Orchestra
Power Center
November 14-17, 2013

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The Story: Smitten at first sight by the lovely Rosina, Count Almaviva engages the barber Figaro to facilitate a meeting. Wishing to be loved for himself and not his wealth, Almaviva disguises himself in various ways to earn her affections. Fortune smiles when she responds, but a problem remains – her elderly guardian Dr. Bartolo, who has his own designs to be Rosina’s husband to gain her dowry! It is up to the ingenious Figaro to plot a solution involving subterfuge, eavesdropping, and even abduction that will allow the course of true love to win the day.

Background: The Barber of Seville debuted in 1816 with a disastrous opening, followed by an equally exuberant and acclaimed second performance. Composer Giuseppe Verdi declared, “I cannot help believing Il barbiere di Siviglia, for abundance of ideas, for comic verve, and for truth of declamation, the most beautiful ‘opera buffa’ in existence.” From Barber’s immediately recognizable overture (Bugs Bunny anyone?) to its glorious arias including “Largo al factotum” and “Una voce poco fa,” Rossini’s score is filled with soaring lyricism and delightful melodies. A vivacious romp, The Barber of Seville endures as a beloved and charming opera full of fun.



  Role Thursday / Saturday Friday / Sunday
  Rosina Ashley Dixon Sarah Coit
  Almaviva Jacob Wright Francisco Solorzano
  Figaro Ian Greenlaw Issac Droscha
  Bartolo Nick Davis Jesus Vincente Murillo
  Basilio Glenn Healy Jonathan Harris
  Berta Kate Nadolny Francesca Chiejina
  Fiorello John Daugherty Phillip Harris
  Ambrogio Alexander Turpin Alexander Turpin


barber of seville graphic

painting by Larry Moore


Artistic Staff

Director Robert Swedberg
Conductor Clinton Smith
Scenic Designer Jeff Bauer
Costume Designer Jeff Bauer
Lighting Designer Rob Murphy
Stage Manager Jenn Jacobs



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower