251 The Barber of Seville

After a big climb last year, this now falls 71 places. 1st of Rossini's 3 entries.

Slapstick farce meets romance, with glorious tunes in Rossini's popular opera. A Count wins his beloved away from her guardian with the help of local barber, Figaro.

Rossini agreed to turn the Beaumarchais play The Barber of Seville into an opera. The composer had even taken care to call the opera something different — it premiered as Almaviva, or the Useless Precaution. Eventually retitled, Rossini's Barber of Seville the opera is a sheer delight throughout, with hit after hit, including Una voce poco fa and the Largo al factotum.

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Virgina Opera's 2009 production of The Barber of Seville.