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Humorous Met production at Palace tomorrow

Published:Friday | November 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Lawrence Brownlee (left) as Count Almamiva, Christopher Maltman as Figaro (centre), and Isabel Leonard as Rosina in Rossini's 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia'. - Contributed

Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which is described as delightful and entertaining, is Live in HD at Carib 5, this Saturday, November 22, at 12:55 p.m. Disguises and false identities abound as men - both young and old - vie for the hand of the beautiful Rosina in one of the funniest and most frenetic operas ever composed.

Rossini's most popular opera returns to the Metropolitan Opera with Isabel Leonard as Rosina and Lawrence Brownlee as Almaviva, the romantic youth trying to woo her. Christopher Maltman plays the inimitable Figaro.

The cast also includes Christopher Maltman (Figaro), Maurizio Muraro (Dr Bartolo) and Paata Burchuladze (Don Basilio). Michele Mariotti conducts.


Act I is set in Seville. Count Almaviva comes in disguise to the house of Doctor Bartolo to serenade Rosina. Bartolo keeps her confined to the house and Almaviva decides to wait until daylight.

Figaro, the barber, who knows all the town's secrets and scandals, arrives. He explains to Almaviva that Rosina is Bartolo's ward, not his daughter, and that the doctor intends to marry her. Figaro devises a plan: the Count will disguise himself as a drunken soldier quartered at Bartolo's house to gain access to the girl.

Almaviva is excited, while Figaro looks forward to a nice cash pay-off.

Highly acclaimed for her "passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty", the Grammy Award winning Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage. Commenting on her current role in the Met's 2014 performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Leonard said "I love singing Rossini, because I can be goofy and have fun vocally."

The most in-demand American tenor in the world in the bel canto repertoire, Lawrence Brownlee continues to astonish audiences with the power and agility of his voice. A graduate of Indiana University, renowned for its classical music programme, Brownlee is a would-be lawyer. Brownlee said his career in opera found him, as he was constantly told that his voice moved very well and was perfectly suited to the bel canto genre.

He favours Rossini's works, which form a major component of his repertoire. The Met: Live in HD, the Met's award-winning series of live transmissions to cinemas around the world, has expanded its worldwide distribution to more than 2,000 theatres in 69 countries this season, the largest global audience the initiative has ever reached. The next transmission will be Wagner's Die Meister singer von Nurnberg on Saturday, December 13.

Tickets are on sale for the 2014-2015 season at participating cinema box offices and via the web at, with a Palace Card.