The Barber of Seville is an opera buffa, meaning an opera with comedic aspects. So you may now collect your culture and your comedy in one convenient performance.
Sandro Colarelli as Basilio and Matthew Broadbent as Dr Bartolo in OperaQ’s The Adventures of Figaro (2015)
During the opening night of The Barber of Seville, one of the actors fell and had to continue singing with a bloody nose. Later on a cat wandered onto the stage and distracted the audience.
The famous opera catchphrase ‘Figaro, Figaro, Figaro’ is not from The Marriage of Figaro, it is in fact from The Barber of Seville.
Bugs Bunny stars in a Looney Tunes episode entitled “The Rabbit of Seville.” It features the music and elements of the opera. You have probably already seen it without realising!
Rossini is infamous for his difficult and fast paced vocals. Keep an ear out for the incredible pace and skill the singers need to execute the performances.
Jaewoo Kim as Count Almaviva in OperaQ’s The Adventures of Figaro (2015). Jaewoo will perform the role of Count Almaviva for 2 shows of The Barber of Seville during its Brisbane Season at the Playhouse [MORE INFO]
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville was completed at the end of 1815, when he was only 24. He had already written 16 operas before this… #overachiever
Rossini claimed to have written The Barber of Seville in only 12 days.
Music from The Barber of Seville has been used in feature films and television. Some of which include: Mrs Doubtfire, A Clockwork Orange, A Fish Called Wanda, Kick-Ass, Pinocchio, Space Jam and SpongeBob SquarePants.