Met's Acclaimed Barber of Seville with Fl‹rez, DiDonato and Mattei Airs This Weekend on PBS

Classic Arts News   Met's Acclaimed Barber of Seville with Fl‹rez, DiDonato and Mattei Airs This Weekend on PBS
 
The Metropolitan Opera's celebrated new production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia will be broadcast this weekend on PBS as part of the network's Great Performances series.

The staging was directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, in collaboration with the same design team that worked with him on the Lincoln Center Theater production of Adam Guettel's musical The Light in the Piazza.

The telecast will be of the March 24 matinee, in the same state-of-the-art video and audio recording which was transmitted live into movie theaters as part of the Met's new high-definition simulcast program.

Baritone Peter Mattei takes the role of the barber Figaro, with tenor Juan Diego Fl‹rez sailing through the stratospheric coloratura written for Count Almaviva (one of his signature roles), mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as his beloved Rosina, bass-baritone John Del Carlo as her guardian, Doctor Bartolo, and bass John Relyea as the conniving music master Don Basilio.

PBS's Great Performances at the Met will air Barbiere beginning Saturday, May 25, with broadcasts at varying times through next week on various stations — check your local listings.

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