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Under the assumed name Lindoro, the wealthy Count Almaviva has conquered the heart of the beautiful Rosina as a supposed student. But Doctor Bartolo, the girl's jealous guardian, intends to marry his ward himself and therefore tries to keep all suitors away from her. Fortunately, "Lindoro" is assisted by the shrewd barber Figaro, who - more or less cleverly - sets up a whole series of entanglements and masquerades. With "Il barbiere di Siviglia," Rossini, who was only 23 years old, created a witty, tinglingly fiery and pulsating masterpiece in the spirit of Italian opera buffa within only three weeks, in which, as is so often the case, the old man gets the short end of the stick. The play "La Précaution inutile ou le Barbier de Séville" by the French poet, secret agent and arms smuggler Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais from 1772, which tells the prequel to Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro", served him as a model. Rossini's humorously drawn characters, the brilliant solo parts, rousing melodies and fast-paced ensembles come into their own in Ruth Berghaus' timeless production from 1968 (with the ingeniously simple stage design by the young Achim Freyer): it bristles with liveliness and situational comedy and has lost nothing of its youthful freshness and vital cheerfulness even after more than 350 performances.
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