This delightful production for families features music and arias from the greatly loved comic opera, The Barber of Seville by the famous nineteenth-century Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. Recognised as one of the greatest masterpieces of comic opera, The Barber of Seville will be performed concertante-style in a shortened version by the young singers of the Accademia dell’ Opera di Firenze with the Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by the distinguished Italian interpreter of opera, Sebastiano Rolli.

The Barber of Seville features a charming and enterprising character called Figaro who is the town barber and former servant of the handsome young Count Almaviva. The Count has fallen madly in love with beautiful Rosina, ward of Bartolo, a grumpy old physician who intends to marry Rosina for her substantial dowry when she comes of age. Figaro gets up to all sorts of funny antics in his efforts to help Count Almaviva take Rosina away from Dr Bartolo.

The plot is full of intrigue with hilarious twists and turns. Almaviva, who pretends to be a penniless student so that Rosina will not be impressed by his title or land and wealth, visits the house disguised first as an inebriated soldier to be billeted and next as her ridiculously fussy and foppish music teacher. Dr Bartolo is both an old ogre and a pathetic victim. Nevertheless, this crazy story full of funny complications ends happily for everyone, including Rosina’s disagreeable and greedy old Guardian. To quell his anger when he discovers that Rosina has already married his rival, the duped old Doctor is handsomely endowed with a bag of money by clever Count Almaviva.

The singers are fill of the energy and enthusiasm of young artists who love their work and are well on their way to fame. Congolese tenor Patrick Kabongo Mubenga who won first prize in the Vivonne International Lyric Singing Competition in 2013 sings some of Count Almaviva’s most beautiful arias, sparkling young Italian mezzosoprano Ana Victoria Pitts performs as the lovely Rosina and impressive Korean baritone Qianming Dou sings the engaging role of Figaro.

The Royal Opera House Muscat will present this wonderful family programme on Saturday 11th February 2017 at 4.00 pm. For further information and booking, consult the ROHM website – www.rohmuscat.org.om