The Barber of Seville, (a.k.a. Figaro), has come to the San Francisco Opera. Music by Rossini, The Barber of Seville is a joyful story which happens to be the prologue to The Marriage of Figaro. The Marriage of Figaro takes place in the house of Conte Almaviva while The Barber of Seville takes place in the house of Doctor Bartolo. In The Barber, Rosina is not married to the count yet and she really wants to. Doctor Bartolo is her guardian but he wants to marry her to maintain her wealth. With the help of the cunning Figaro, the Count and Rosina outwit Doctor Bartolo.
There are two casts: Lucas Meachem as Figaro, Isabel Leonard as Rosina, Javier Camarena as the Count Almavia, Alessandro Corbelli as Doctor Bartolo, Andrea Silvestrelli as Don Basilio, and Catherine Cook as Berta. The second cast includes Audun Iversen as Figaro, Daniela Mack as Rosina, Alek Shrader as the Count Almaviva, Maurizio Muraro as Doctor Bartolo, Andrea Silvestrelli and Catherine Cook are in both cast sets. Giuseppe Finzi will be conducting.
Lucas Meachem sang Count Almaviva two years ago in The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni from Don Giovanni. Alessandro Corbelli has sung Doctor Dulcamara from The Elexir of Love at the War Memorial before. Andrea Silvestrelli sang Sparafucile in Rigoletto in this season. Alek Shrader sang Nemorino from The Elexir of Love and Tamino from The Magic Flute.