Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville'
at San Diego Opera,
enjoyed by MARIA NOCKIN
Cesare Sterbino's libretto for Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville was taken from Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais' play Le Barbier de Séville ou la Précaution Inutile. Originally conceived as a comic opera, it was rejected by the Comédie-Italienne in 1772. As a result the playwright revised it so that it became a play with music, but it still gave the censors problems and could not be performed for the next three years. A work in which the servant outwitted his noble patron was not easy to get onstage in France at that time...
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