The Barber of Seville Presented at the Concert Hall Tonight

Posted: May 3, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Virginia Opera’s 27th season ends with Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, a new production with stage direction by John Pascoe, at the Concert Hall tonight. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, Virginia Opera’s assistant conductor Dan Saunders conducts the performance.

Set in 17th century Spain, The Barber of Seville is Rossini’s beloved tale of mistaken identity and true love and features some of the most familiar music in all of opera. Count Almaviva, under the guise of impoverished student Lindoro, is desperately in love with the beautiful Rosina, but her aging guardian Dr. Bartolo keeps her under lock and key. The audience is in on the act as the resourceful Figaro, barber and general factotum of Seville, plans an intrigue enabling the count to woo Rosina.

Saunders conducted Virginia Opera’s production of The Mikado earlier this season, and during the 2000-01 season he was the principal conductor for both West Side Story and Don Pasquale.

Tickets are $76, $64, and $40. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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