'...a convincing reading of the text and a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius'

Michael Church , The Independent May 25, 2016

‘…conductor Enrique Mazzola gets Rossini’s music to sizzle. No slouching, no lingering here and there – just razor-sharp playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra at helter-skelter speeds.’

Richard Fairman , Financial Times May 23, 2016

‘The Bürger-Stayton double act is the answer to all your summertime needs. Sophisticated and funny, they're the ideal complement to a festive sunshine picnic’

Mark Valencia , WhatsOnStage May 23, 2016
  • Details


    Watch Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, recorded live on Tuesday 21 June, here on demand, for free, for seven days, until 11.59pm on Tuesday 28 June.

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    Mischief and mayhem run riot in Rossini’s most popular comedy.

    Figaro, the renowned Barber of Seville, uses every trick he can muster to outwit Dr Bartolo and ensure his master wins his chosen bride. He meets his match in the would-be-bride Rosina, who has schemes of her own. Madcap disguises accompany twists and turns in a whirlwind plot, while Figaro’s cunning knows no bounds.

    Conducted by Enrique Mazzola and directed by Annabel Arden with sparkling wit and playful energy springing directly from Rossini’s joyous music, this new production heralds the welcome return of a masterpiece not seen at Glyndebourne Festival since 1982.

    International star and Glyndebourne favourite Danielle de Niese stars as Rosina.

    Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

    This is one of three productions you can see in cinemas and online during Festival 2016.

    Watch online

    You can watch Il barbiere di Siviglia online, right here on this page. The stream video will be available above until 11.59pm on Tuesday 28 June.

    Running order

    Begins at – 11m 40s
    Act I – 1hr 45m
    Interval – 30m
    Act II – 1hr 15m


    Where can you see this opera online?

    1. On this page
    2. On telegraph.co.uk – find more details here
    3. On medici.tv – find more details here

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    Join the conversation and be part of the experience by following @Glyndebourne and the hashtag #F16Barbiere.

    How long is the video available for?

    After the live† stream the opera will be available to watch here on demand until 11.59pm on Tuesday 28 June.

    What is the next opera you can see online?

    The Festival 2011 production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg will be available to watch on demand for one week from Tuesday 12 July.

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    I don’t have Festival tickets yet – can I still get them?

    Yes, there’s still time. For your best chance to see something at the Festival this summer see details of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

    Watch in cinemas

    Tuesday 21 June
    LIVE† at 6.30pm

    Find a screening near you

    You can see Il barbiere di Siviglia live† from Festival 2016 in cinemas across the UK on Tuesday 21 June.

    †Please note that due to the 90-minute interval at Glyndebourne and the need to shorten the interval for cinema and online audiences a delay of approximately an hour is built into broadcasting the first half, which is made up in the second half.

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Enrique Mazzola
    Director Annabel Arden
    Designer Joanna Parker
    Director of Movement Toby Sedgwick
    Lighting Designer James Farncombe

    Cast includes

    Rosina Danielle de Niese
    Dr Bartolo Alessandro Corbelli
    Count Almaviva Taylor Stayton
    Figaro Björn Bürger
    Basilio Christophoros Stamboglis
    Berta Janis Kelly

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Glyndebourne Chorus

  • Synopsis

    Act I

    Outside Dr Bartolo’s house, Count Almaviva arrives disguised as Lindoro, an impoverished student, to serenade and win Rosina, who is confined indoors. The Count hopes that Rosina will love him for himself and not for his wealth and status. Figaro, the town barber, jack-of-all-trades and busybody, arrives and tells the Count that Rosina is not Bartolo’s daughter but his ward and that Bartolo himself plans to marry her. Figaro suggests that the Count gain entrance to Bartolo’s house by disguising himself as a soldier with orders to lodge there.

    Rosina, alone, reflects on her love for Lindoro and her plans for outwitting Bartolo in order to marry her young suitor, and warns that she can be formidable when crossed. As she leaves, Bartolo arrives with Basilio, Rosina’s music teacher, who warns Bartolo of Count Almaviva’s interest in Rosina. Basilio advises Bartolo to discredit the Count by spreading slander about him, and Bartolo resolves to marry Rosina immediately. Figaro, who has overheard them, encourages Rosina to write a letter to Lindoro, which he will deliver.

    The Count enters in the guise of a drunken soldier, demands lodging, and stealthily passes a note to Rosina. Bartolo claims exemption from quartering soldiers. Figaro appears, reporting that all the hubbub has drawn a crowd outside the house. The police arrive to arrest the rowdy ‘soldier’, but the disguised Count secretly reveals his true identity to their captain and is immediately released. Everyone – except Figaro – is flabbergasted by the events.

    Act II

    Count Almaviva turns up at Bartolo’s house again, now disguised as ‘Don Alonso’, a student of Basilio’s, who has come to substitute for the purportedly ailing music teacher. ‘Don Alonso’ tells Bartolo that he has found a letter from Rosina at the inn where both he and Count Almaviva are staying, and he offers to aid in Bartolo’s plot. Now convinced that ‘Don Alonso’ is indeed a student of the scheming Basilio, Bartolo lets him enter to give Rosina her music lesson. As Bartolo snoozes, Rosina and her ‘Lindoro’ (the double-disguised Count) proclaim their love.

    Figaro arrives to give Bartolo a shave and succeeds in secretly pocketing the key to Rosina’s balcony. When Basilio suddenly appears, Figaro, the Count and Rosina bribe him to feign sickness and go home. While Figaro shaves Bartolo, Rosina and the Count plot their elopement. But Bartolo overhears and chases everyone away.

    Bartolo instructs Basilio to summon a notary to marry him to Rosina that evening. Bartolo then shows Rosina the very letter she wrote to ‘Lindoro’, ostensibly proving that her suitor is really just a procurer for Count Almaviva. Rosina, crestfallen, agrees to marry Bartolo.

    After a thunderstorm rages and subsides, Figaro and the Count climb a ladder to Rosina’s balcony and enter her room with the key. After Rosina expresses her heartbreak at her apparent betrayal, the Count reveals his true identity. The lovers wax romantic while Figaro presses them to escape. But when the Count, Rosina and Figaro go to climb down the ladder, they find it missing. Basilio turns up with the notary, and, ceding to bribery and threats, agrees to witness the marriage between the Count and Rosina. The arrival of Bartolo forces a confrontation and then a resolution.

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