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The final Opera in the Open of the summer is Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, taking place on 28th August in the Amphitheatre at Wood Quay.
The Barber of Seville (Italian: Il barbiere di Siviglia) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of Rossini’s opera took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
Beautiful Rosina is betrothed to the much older Bartolo. But young Count Almaviva, who is in love with her, swears to prevent the union from having to take place.
Only one man can help them: the crafty Figaro! Rosina, however is currently staying with Dr. Bartolo – who desires to marry her. Almaviva manages to pass letters to Rosina and serenade her with his beautiful voice.
Dr. Bartolo does his best to stop Almaviva but is constantly thwarted. In the end, Count Almaviva marries Rosina and Dr. Bartolo comes to terms with his defeat.
The cast includes Deirdre Masterson, Simon Morgan, Lawrence Thackeray, Stephen Fennelly, Jeffrey Ledwidge. Director: Morgan Crowley. Artistic and Musical Director: David Wray
This is Dublin City Council’s 15th season of Opera in the Open at the Amphitheatre, Wood Quay. Lunchtime concerts take place every Thursday during the month of August, from 1 – 2pm each day, weather permitting.
Yet another fantastic selection of some of the classic operas of all time awaits you. Each performance features excerpts from an Opera and is narrated in English so that the story can be easily followed.
This year Dublin City Council’s Arts Office will be working closely with Dublin Institute of Technology and several students and former students will also appear during the season.
Take this opportunity to relax on the grass in the leafy surrounds of one of Dublin’s hidden gems. The Amphitheatre is located just off Wood Quay and is easily accessible from Winetavern Street, which runs up to Christ Church Cathedral.
(via Dublin City Council)