Synopsis Il barbiere di Siviglia
In the doctor Bartolo’s house in Seville, Count Almaviva comes in disguise to serenade Rosina. Don Bartolo keeps her confined to the house, and Almaviva decides to wait until daylight. The barber Figaro arrives and explains him that Rosina is Don Bartolo’s ward, not his daughter, and that he wants to marry her. Figaro comes out with a plan: the Count Almaviva will pretend to be a drunken soldier who’s staying at Don Bartolo’s house to gain access to the girl. Rosina reflects on the mysterious voice she has heard outside her window and decides to to meet the man who’s sung, whom she thinks is a poor student named Lindoro. Don Bartolo arrives with Don Basilio, Rosina’s music master, who warns the doctor that Almaviva is Rosina’s admirer and he has been seen in Seville. Don Bartolo decides to marry Rosina immediately. Basilio suggests slander as the most effective means of getting rid of the pretender. Figaro, who has overheard the plot, warns Rosina and promises to deliver a note from her to Lindoro. Don Bartolo tries to prove that Rosina has written a letter, but the girl defies him. Count Almaviva arrives disguised as a drunken soldier, and passes a secret note to Rosina. Figaro announces that a crowd has gathered in the street, attracted by all the noise coming from inside the house. The civil guard bursts in to arrest Count Almaviva but when he reveals his true identity to the captain he is immediately released.
Ecco ridente in cielo, Count Almaviva's Cavatina
Largo al factotum, Figaro's Cavatina
Una voce poco fa, Rosina's Cavatina
Dunque io son... tu non m'inganni?, Duet between Rosina and Count Almaviva
Don Bartolo suspects that the soldier is instead a spy let in by Count Almaviva. The Count Almaviva arrives, this time disguised as a music teacher with the name of Don Alonso. He says Don Basilio is sick and offers to give Rosina a lesson in his place. He also tells Don Bartolo that he is staying at the same inn as the Count Almaviva and that he has found the letter from Rosina. He also offers to tell her that it was given to him by another woman, seemingly to prove that Lindoro is toying with Rosina on Count Almaviva’s behalf. Don Bartolo is therefore convinced that the so called Don Alonso is indeed a student of Don Basilio and he allows him to give Rosina her music lesson. When Don Bartolo leaves the two alone, they show each other their reciprocal love. Figaro arrives and grabs the key that opens the balcony shutters from Don Bartolo’s pocket. Suddenly Don Basilio arrives, looking perfectly healthy. The Count Almaviva, Rosina, and Figaro push some money in his hand and convince him that he is sick with scarlet fever, so he leaves. Count Almaviva plots with Rosina to elope that night while Don Bartolo gets his shave from Figaro. But the doctor realizes he has been tricked again. Don Basilio is called and told to bring a notary so Don Bartolo can marry Rosina that very evening. Don Bartolo then shows Rosina her letter to Lindoro. Heartbroken and convinced that she has been deceived, she agrees to marry Don Bartolo and tells him of the plan to elope with Lindoro-Count Almaviva. Figaro and the Count Almaviva climb over the wall. Rosina is furious until Count Almaviva reveals his real identity. Don Basilio arrives with the notary but with some more money, they convince him to be a witness to the marriage of Rosina and Count Almaviva. Don Bartolo arrives with soldiers, but it is too late, Count Almaviva explains to Don Bartolo that the marriage has already been celebrated and he can’t do anything else than accept his failure.