The Barber Of Seville
by: Giocchino Rossini
Act I -- Count Almaviva has fallen in love with Rosina, the ward
of Dr. Bartolo, and comes to serenade her. He pretends to be the poor student
"Lindoro" so that she will not be influenced by his rank. He is
interrupted by the arrival of Figaro, formerly the Count's servant and now
barber in Seville. The two overhear Dr. Bartolo planning to marry his ward.
Figaro proposes that the Count dress himself as a soldier (who would have
the right to be quartered in Bartolo's house), thus gaining access to his
Act II -- Rosina has fallen in love with "Lindoro" and
resolves to use all of her skill to outwit Dr. Bartolo. While the Doctor
plots with Don Basilio, Rosina's music teacher, she secures the help of
Figaro. The Count arrives in his soldier's disguise, only to discover that
Dr. Bartolo is exempt from housing the military. The noise from the ensuing
confusion attracts the police, and the Count avoids arrest only by secretly
revealing his identity to an officer.
Act III -- The Count again tries to obtain a moment with Rosina
through disguise. He enters dressed as a music teacher, claiming that Don
Basilio is ill and that he, "Don Alonso", has been sent as a replacement.
He begins a music lesson with Rosina but Basilio himself arrives. This crisis
is resolved but the Doctor soon recognizes "Lindoro" and chases
him out. During a storm, the Count and Figaro climb through a window to
lead Rosina to freedom. Bartolo nearly foils their escape, but through Figaro's
quick thinking the Count and Rosina are united and all are reconciled in
time to join in a happy finale.