Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!

The Barber of Seville

Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 8 pm
Tuesday, November 24 at 7 pm
Friday, November 27 at 8 pm

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Directed by David Gately
Conducted by Tadeusz Biernacki

It's one close shave after another in this all-time comedy classic featuring the world’s most famous barber.

The perfect opera for first-timers! Great entertainment for the whole family.

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Pre-show Chats

Informative 15-minute talks occur a half-hour before curtain and will enhance your enjoyment of the opera. Free of charge.

The Barber of Seville Opening Night Pre-Performance Dinner

Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:30 pm
Piano Nobile Centennial Concert Hall

  • Pre-dinner reception
  • Three-course dinner
  • Intermission and post-performance reception
  • Complimentary coat check and parking Tickets: $100 per person (Dinner ticket does not include the opera performance.)

Seating is limited, so don't delay ordering your tickets. For more information or tickets, please contact Jessica at 942-0489 or email

The Story

In this prelude to The Marriage of Figaro, the young Count Almaviva falls in love with Rosina. He enlists the help of his former servant, the jack-of-all-trades barber, Figaro, to help him free her from the clutches of her greedy, aged guardian, Dr. Bartolo.The Count wants Rosina to love him for himself and not his money and so pretends to be a penniless student. Rosina returns his love, but she’s a prisoner; Bartolo keeps her locked in his house and plans to marry her himself. Figaro smuggles Almaviva into the house and a hilarious series of intrigues follow.

The Music

With lyrical melodies, the famous overture, delightful ensembles, show-stopping arias including the popular "Largo al factotum" (Figaro, Figaro, Figaro), The Barber of Seville is musical mayhem at its madcap best.


  • Almaviva's serenade "Ecco ridente in cielo"
  • Figaro's aria "Largo al factotum"
  • Rosina's aria "Una voce poco fa"
  • Rosina/Figaro duet "Dunque io son"
  • Ensemble finale



By Robert Vineberg, Manitoba Opera Board of Trustees

Factotum: an employee who does all kinds of work. From latin fac imperative of facere do, and totum neuter of totus whole (all). Oxford Canadian Dictionary

Figaro, in his famous aria, Largo al factotum del città (Make way for the factotum of the city), explains his ability to do everything for everybody in the opera, if not in the entire city of Seville. (more...)



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