Published On: Tue, Dec 2nd, 2014

Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ comes alive at The Met via Fathom Events

Gioachino Rossini may be surprised to learn that almost 150 years after his death The Barber of Seville can still pack a house. This time The Metropolitan Opera partnered with Fathom Events to stream the high energy and fun performance in hundreds of theaters all over the country.

Christopher Maltman as Figaro and Lawrence Brownlee as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville"

Christopher Maltman as Figaro and Lawrence Brownlee as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”

Part of the Figaro trilogy, Il barbiere di Siviglia is marked by the music made famous by Bugs Bunny and classic cartoons before turning to the real action. Count Almaviva (Lawrence Brownlee) must find a way to sneak into the home of Doctor Bartolo (Maurizio Muraro) to sneak away and wed Rosina (Isabel Leonard). Ladies man and successful business owner Figaro, played by Christopher Maltman, is the perfect partner for the Count and the hijinks keep the action moving.

Colorful costumes, an interesting stage and great performances highlight another fantastic production by The Met. Maltman truly steals every scene and is missed when he’s not part of the action in the close of Act 2. Leonard’s Rosina is fiesty yet elogant and Rob Besserer shines as a narcoleptic servant of Bartolo.

Maurizio Muraro owns the role of Bartolo, flawless in the rapid-fire arias and Conductor Michele Mariotti brings the Rossini opus to life.

Complete with an anvil, Act One is truly one of the best operas every created. That said, Rossini misses the mark in the close of Act Two with a subdued love story that is very anti-climactic. Unlike Mozart’s The Wedding of FigaroThe Barber of Seville lacks a great ending with the continued action and humor of its opening. 

Fathom delivers The Met in HD with amazing close ups while capturing the beautiful music.

Overall Il barbiere di Siviglia receives 3 1/2 stars

On Dec. 13 The Met will present Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Get tickets or more information on upcoming events at FathomEvents.com

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