Staff Pick: ‘The Barber of Seville’
By Gioachino Rossini

Most opera lovers gasp and weep at the impossible, lyrical beauty of high voices. But many of the greatest operas are comedies. And you cannot make comic operas without baritones and basses to keep things real. Enter Figaro, “The Barber of Seville,” one of the first, and arguably the greatest comic figure in the history of opera. He’s more than a barber. In Rossini’s delectable opera, he’s a clever factotum whose mission is to help a love-struck couple overcome the fuddy-duddy obstacles to their happiness. His plot is intoxicating in more ways than one in this greatest of all romantic comedies.

Friday, Feb. 16 and 18

The Brown Theatre
Times and prices vary
315 W. Broadway