The Barber of Seville

Follow the escapades of Figaro, as he helps Count Almaviva woo the lovely Rosina in Rossini’s perfectly honed Barber. This delightful comedy is one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time, serving up laughs and amazing music in equal measure.

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8 PM & Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD



  • Anthony Reed
    Don Basilio

  • Kylena Parks

  • Jason Buckwalter

  • Stage Manager:
    Joe Gladstone

    Set Designer:
    April Joy Vester

  • Costume Designer:
    Lorraine vom Saal

    Wigs & Make-Up:
    Ali Pohanka

  • Lighting Designer:
    Michael Klima

    Props Designer:
    Ember Forsberg

Join us for our popular Insight Series lectures!


The History of Rossini’s Barber of Seville

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308

Annapolis Opera’s Artistic Director, Ronald Gretz, sets the scene for Gioachino Rossini’s opera, The Barber of Seville, with an engaging tour of the state of Italian opera during the first quarter of the 19th century. He discusses Rossini’s life, his early operas, their influence on his Barber of Seville, and a history of its performances. His talk includes a trip to Empress Catherine II’s Russia, where Giovanni Paisello wrote his masterpiece, also Il barbiere di Siviglia, which enjoyed great fame – until eclipsed by Rossini’s.

Figaro’s Creator

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308

Gioachino Rossini’s Figaro may be one of the most famous characters in opera, yet this wily Spanish barber of Seville comes from the imagination of the French playwright Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais an equally fascinating character. Who is this Figaro, and what about the man who invented this endlessly resourceful, scheming barber? How does a story that follows an outrageously farcical plot manage to convey such a subversive and controversial message? What are we to make of Figaro, Rosina, Bartolo and Count Almaviva?

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6:45 PM & Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1:45 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308
Reservations required – only 85 seats available!

The November 4th lecture is SOLD OUT.

Treat yourself to an informal, pre-curtain talk on Rossini’s The Barber of Seville before a performance of this most hilarious of operatic comedies! Who are these characters? What is the cultural, political and historical backstory? Why is it one of the world’s most popular operas, with familiar tunes still used in movies, cartoons, and TV shows? How does it relate to our modern world? Discover the musical jokes, dramatic disguises, vocal Olympics and romantic complexities of this masterpiece.