THE BARBER of SEVILLE
|Count Almaviva||Joseph Doody
|Dr Bartolo||Andrew Mayor
|Don Basillo||Mark Beesley
|Fiorello / Police Sergeant||Simon Grange
|Musical Director||David Eaton
|Technical Stage Manager||Lucinda Sloan
|Costumes||Fran Heap and Maria Olmos
Act I - Scene 1 - Early morning in a square in Seville.
Fiorello leads Count Almaviva (a Spanish nobleman) into the square. The Count disguises himself as “Lindoro”, a poor student, and then performs a serenade outside the house where Rosina lives. There is no response from Rosina.
The Count then hides as Figaro the local barber enters, boasting his ability to manage the affairs of the city. The Count recognises Figaro and explains he has followed a physician and his daughter, with whom he has fallen in love, all the way from Madrid to a house in this square. By a stroke of luck Figaro is a general factotum in the house and he reveals that Rosina is the ward and not the daughter of Dr Bartolo who plans to marry her himself.
Rosina appears on the balcony. The Count again serenades her and introduces himself as Lindoro who though poor, can give her his heart. Rosina withdraws and Figaro and the Count hatch a plan for Rosina to meet Lindoro. The Count agrees to pay Figaro a large sum of money for his help. He will appear at Bartolo’s house as a drunken soldier, demanding the right to be housed. Joyfully they muse on their respective prizes, Figaro the money and the Count his love.
Scene 2 - A room in Doctor Bartolo’s house
Rosina having written a note to him, dreams of Lindoro's voice and swears he will be hers while also explaining that she is very sweet unless she is crossed, at which point she would then become a viper.
Figaro meets briefly with Rosina. He hides when they hear the doctor returning. Bartolo complains that Figaro's potions have turned his home into a hospital. Rosina admits she has seen the barber and that she finds him quite handsome which causes Bartolo to curse Figaro.
Don Basilio, the music teacher, arrives and Bartolo tells him that he intends to marry Rosina the next day. Count Almaviva has been spotted in Seville and Basilio advises that a serious plan of slander is needed to run him out of town. Eventually Bartolo decides to do it his way and the two men go to a room to prepare a marriage contract.
Figaro, who has overheard, informs Rosina of her guardian's matrimonial plans. She suggests that he will be mistaken. She asks about the man in the square and is told that he is Figaro's cousin Lindoro. Figaro then spells out Lindoro's one sad failing ….. his love for R-O-S-I-N-A. To Figaro's surprise, Rosina is already several steps ahead of him and produces the note to be sent to Lindoro.
Bartolo wants to know what Rosina said to Figaro. She replies that it was nothing of importance, only about Paris fashions. He notices her ink stained finger and some missing sheets of paper and her excuses send Bartolo into a rage. A doctor of his standing cannot be deceived so easily. He orders her to stay in the house where “even the air will be unable to escape”.
Lindoro finally makes his appearance as a drunken soldier. He explains that as a regimental vet, he is also a qualified doctor and demands to be billeted. Rosina enters and recognises Lindoro. Bartolo declares that he has papers exempting him from billeting anyone and while he looks for them, Lindoro tries to slip a note to Rosina. He fails but under the cover of a fight with Bartolo, he drops the note beside Rosina. Bartolo spots the move but amidst the confusion it is exchanged for a laundry list written by Berta, the housekeeper. Basilio enters and tries to restrain Lindoro until Figaro arrives pointing out that the noise has brought half the city to the window.
A policeman arrives to restore order and everybody attempts to explain why he or she is here. The policeman tries to arrest Lindoro who reveals his true identity privately to the officer and is released. Everyone is astounded by the turn of events.
Bartolo guesses that the drunken soldier was sent by the Count. The Count then arrives disguised as "Don Alonso". He explains that Basilio, Rosina’s music teacher, is currently indisposed and as his pupil, he has come to give the music lesson. To stop Bartolo from visiting Basilio, Alonso shows Bartolo the note from the Count to Rosina. Alonso tells Bartolo he hopes to use Rosina's music lesson to convince her of the Count's unsuitability. Bartolo hurries off to get Rosina, who screams with surprise at the sight of Alonso/Lindoro. She chooses the Rondo from ‘The Futile Precaution’ for the lesson. Bartolo falls asleep giving Alonso/Lindoro and Rosina the opportunity to express their mutual love. On waking, Bartolo praises the singing but criticises the choice of aria. He chooses another song and places Rosina's name in the text.
Figaro arrives to shave Bartolo who goes to fetch the shaving towels. Figaro and Rosina find the key to the balcony. Bartolo, unhappy to leave them alone returns and asks Figaro to fetch the shaving towels. Figaro then disappears and smashes some glass and china to lure Bartolo away.
Basilio arrives and is quickly diagnosed by Figaro with a very contagious scarlet fever. Alonso also slips him a purse to persuade him to leave. Figaro begins shaving Bartolo while Rosina is told of Figaro's plan to unlock the balcony so that she and Lindoro can elope. Bartolo becomes aware of the plotting and sends everyone away.
He calls Basilio who admits he does not know Alonso and thinks it could have been the Count. Bartolo does not care who it is and tells Basilio to come quickly with the policeman. Bartolo, holding the note he received from Alonso, convinces Rosina that Lindoro is actually an agent who will sell her to the Count. In a fit of rage, Rosina reveals the elopement plan and agrees to marry Bartolo after all.
Berta complains about the noise Bartolo produces and muses on the evil affliction of love, which seems to have made everyone mad. It will pick away and torment one…….she suffers from it too.
A storm begins. The Count and Figaro climb a ladder to the balcony window. Rosina, believing the lies about the Count, refuses to go near the pair. The Count reveals his identity and a delirious Rosina agrees to marry him. Figaro attempts to move the two lovebirds along but suddenly sees someone approaching. They realise that the ladder has been removed as they climb out onto the balcony.
Basilio arrives along with the policeman. Figaro bursts in and introduces Rosina as his "niece" while the Count offers Basilio either a fine ring or a couple of bullets in the head. Basilio agrees to witness the marriage of the Count and Rosina. Bartolo arrives, but it is too late and he grudgingly joins in the blessing of the new couple.