Watch Glyndebourne’s vivid Barber of Seville [Video]

By Michael San Gabino |

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Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is opera buffa, or comic opera, at its best. From the iconic overture to Figaro’s scintillating entrance aria — and all of the deception and hilarity that ensues — Rossini’s music is some of the most recognized and celebrated in the operatic canon. See the uproarious opera performed on the stage of Glyndebourne, one of the world's leading opera companies.

The work is a perfect complement to the annual opera festival's grand setting in the English countryside. As Annabel Arden, the director of Glyndebourne’s 2016 and 2019 productions of Barber, states, “Our production is all about playfulness, theatricality, light, and movement … Rossini takes you off into this crazy world of music, this great champagne of life.”

Now through August 25, watch Glyndebourne's colorful 2016 production of The Barber of Seville starring Bjorn Bürger (Figaro), Taylor Stayton (the Count), and Danielle de Niese (Rosina) under the musical direction of Enrique Mazzola. Enjoy all that Rossini and Glyndebourne have to offer below!