The Barber of Seville encores Sunday
Audiences in 2,000 cinemas in 68 countries around the world, including Jamaica, saw last Saturday’s Live in HD performance of Rossini’s comic gem Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville).
With love at the heart of the lively plot, the peerless barber Figaro (Christopher Maltman) weaved a tapestry of conniving plans to bring the pining lovers, Rosina (Isabel Leonard) and Count Almaviva (Lawrence Brownlee), together.
Jamaican audiences will have another chance to enjoy Il Barbiere di Siviglia at encore performances this Sunday, November 30. 11:30 a.m., at Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex.
Rossini’s opera in two acts is based on the first play from the Figaro trilogy, written by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais. The opera, Le nozze di Figaro by Amadeus Mozart, composed some three decades earlier, is based on the second play from the Beaumarchais trilogy.
Both operas feature Count Almaviva and Rosina, (the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro), as well as the beloved character Figaro, who is a catalyst and pivotal to the comedic schemes. A long-lasting favourite among opera fans, Il Barbiere di Siviglia has been hailed as one of the funniest and most frenetic operas ever composed.
The Met’s Live in HD award-winning series of live transmissions to cinemas around the world has expanded its worldwide distribution to the largest global audience the initiative has ever reached. The next transmission will be Wagner’s Die Meistersinger 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 www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.