The Barber of Seville



  • A comedy of intrigue by Beaumarchais, first producedin Paris in 1775; it had been banned from the stage for several yearsowing to its criticism of the aristocracy. The play introduced asthe barber the famous character of Figaro, who later appearedin several sequels. An opera by Paisello appeared in 1780 but waseclipsed by Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia, with words by Sterbini.The latter was hissed on its first appearance in 1816 under the titleof Almaviva.