'The Barber of Seville' Karli Cadel for The Glimmerglass Festival


The Barber of Seville

Every Tue., Thu., and Sat. from Nov. 9-16
1 p.m.
Nov. 10
2 p.m.
Opera, Theater

“Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” is probably the most iconic line in opera history, especially for those whose exposure is mostly limited to the great Warner Bros.’ cartoons. You might reasonably assume it’s sung in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro—but not so. That famous introduction, and its unforgettable musical accompaniment, come from Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 comic opera The Barber of Seville. Same Figaro, different day: Both operas originate from a triptych of late 18th-century plays about Figaro written by Pierre Beaumarchais. For its second production of the season, the Minnesota Opera will stage this classic of the comic repertory about our guy Figaro, in his bachelor days, plotting to help a young woman escape a doomed marriage to the wrong man, featuring Rodion Pogossov, Daniela Mack, and Alek Shrader, directed by Francesca Zambello, and conducted by Joseph Mechavich.