‘Barber of Seville’ hits the big screen at Cowichan Theatre

Ever wanted to hear the famous Figaro Song in performance? Now’s your chance.

Rossini’s operatic comedy, The Barber of Seville, is on the big screen Nov. 22 at the Cowichan Theatre as part the Met Live in HD series.

You need to be there at 9:55 a.m., though, so plan on saving that snooze button for another day.

But it’ll be worth it. Almost 200 years after its premiere performance, this timeless comic classic is as popular as ever.

Rossini’s score from The Barber of Seville has over time, become part of popular culture. One of the most familiar adaptations is The Rabbit of Seville, the 1950 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon.

The barber is quite a character no matter where you see him.

His entrance aria, with its repeated proclamations of his own name, is one of the bestknown in all of opera.

The Met Live in HD presentation features Bartlett Sher’s colourful and funny version of this favourite opera.

Isabel Leonard is the beautiful and feisty Rosina, who won’t be kept under lock and key. Lawrence Brownlee is her conspiring flame, Almaviva, and Christopher Maltman is the resourceful barber, Figaro.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $22 for students and $15.50 for children. Get them at the Cowichan Ticket Centre or online at cowichantheatre.ca or by phone at 250-748-7529.