If you think you’ve never heard of The Barber of Seville, think again! Rossini’s toe-tapping, humdinger of a score has been used in popular culture since its premiere in 1816. If you’re anywhere close to the Four Seasons Centre until May 22, you might hear a familiar sound echoing through the building—the famous "Largo al factotum" aria, with its legendary “Figaro” refrain. Still not ringing any bells? Sit back, relax, and get ready for your pop culture whirlwind tour through Rossini’s comic masterpiece.
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April showers bring May flowers, and the laughter and praise for our production of The Barber of Seville is raining down in buckets! Read the reviews and see the images, tweets, and videos that are pouring in for Els Comediants's unique rendition of Rossini's classic comedy.
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By Nikita Gourski
Spring isn't the only thing brightening up the days in Toronto! We're listing the top 12 reasons you can't miss seeing our production of The Barber of Seville from the brilliant and hilarious minds of the Els Comediants production team!
Featuring one of the most recognizable scores in the entire operatic repertoire, Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville has become the most performed opera worldwide. You can learn more about this classic comic masterpiece through our Listening Guide.
Rossini was born in 1792 in Pesaro, a seaport town on the Adriatic coast. Growing up with musician parents—his mother a soprano; his father a horn and trumpet player—he was immersed from a young age in the bustling, often chaotic world of Italian opera houses, in which a new work might be composed, rehearsed, and performed within the span of only a few weeks. By his early teens he was already a polished musician, studying at the conservatory in Bologna, and composing original works, including opera.
Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001