Rossini's The Barber of Seville from San Francisco Opera
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The last date listed for The Barber of Seville was Tuesday October 31, 2006 / 8:00pm.
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Dr. Bartolo’s house in Seville
Count Almaviva loves the beautiful Rosina, who is kept a virtual prisoner in the house of her lecherous guardian Dr. Bartolo. Almaviva hires jack-of-all-trades Figaro to liberate her, which he does with an ingenious array of hilarious tricks and disguises. In this not-to-be missed production, even Dr. Bartolo’s house takes part in the action!
Figaro: Nathan Gunn
Rosina: Allyson McHardy
Count Almaviva: John Osborn
Bartolo: Bruno de Simone
Don Basilio: Phillip Ens
Conductor: Maurizio Barbacini
Production: Johannes Schaaf
Stage Director: Roy Rallo
Set Designer: Hans Dieter Schaal
Costume Designer: Yan Tax
Lighting Designer: Robert Hill
Original Lighting Design: Paul Pyant
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