San Francisco Opera Presents Revival of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"


Release date: 11/17/2015

San Francisco Opera Presents Revival of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), November 25December 9

Conductor Giuseppe Finzi Leads a Cast Starring Lucas Meachem, Daniela Mack and René Barbera

"Inside the Barber of Seville" Exploration Workshops for Families, Nov 21 & 29

The Barber of Seville.pdf  Photos Available


San Francisco Opera presents the revival of Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) in Spanish director Emilio Sagi’s buoyant, colorful staging which the San Francisco Chronicle called “a winner” when the production premiered in 2013. This beloved coloratura showpiece, directed this season by Roy Rallo, features the return of charismatic baritone Lucas Meachem, the acclaimed Figaro in the production premiere. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, who dazzled as Rosmira in last season’s Partenope, stars in the role of Rosina. Tenor René Barbera, who “brought star power” (San Francisco Chronicle) to his Don Ramiro in the Company’s 2014 production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, is Count Almaviva. The cast also features the return of Italian baritone Alessandro Corbelli as Doctor Bartolo and Italian bass Andrea Silvestrelli as Don Basilio. Former Company Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.  An ideal opera to experience during the holidays as well as with children, the San Francisco Opera Education departmentwillpresent family exploration workshops in conjunction with The Barber of Seville.

In describing his production, Emilio Sagi commented: “Although the period of the drama is not reflected in an explicit manner, all the scenography refers to the eighteenth century, when the antiquated ideas of the ancien régime gave way to the Enlightenment, thereby planting the seed for the revolution of the middle class. … The vitality, bustle and spontaneity of the Andalusian ‘street people’ with their dance songs and their flamenco-inspired body language are evoked throughout the entire opera.”

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the five San Francisco Opera performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)are scheduled for November 25 (7:30 p.m.), November 29 (2 p.m.), December 1 (7:30 p.m.), December 5 (7:30 p.m.), and December 9 (7:30 p.m.), 2015. 

San Francisco Opera’s 2015–16 Season continues with the Gordon Getty and Claude Debussy double bill The Fall of the House of Usher (December 8–13),Bizet’s Carmen (May 27–July 3), Verdi’s Don Carlo (June 12–29) and Janáček’s Jenůfa (June 14–July 1). For more information, please visit


In conjunction with this production, the San Francisco Opera Education Department will present three interactive, multi-generational workshops on November 21 and 29. Stage Manager Rachel Henneberry and Community Programs Manager Alyssa Stone will share the story of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville through engaging exercises for the whole family. Exploration Workshop: Inside The Barber of Seville is recommended for children ages seven and up and their families and will take place on November 21 at 11 a.m. in the Chorus Room of the War Memorial Opera House (enter through the North Stage Door at Franklin and Fulton) and on November 29 at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 455 Franklin Street (across from the War Memorial Opera House). Tickets are $5; tickets and more information are available at



Tickets for Il Barbiere di Siviglia are priced from $30 to $395 (subject to change) and may be purchased at or through the San Francisco Opera Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue or by phone at (415) 864-3330. Standing Room tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on the day of each performance; tickets are $10 each, cash only.

The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera performances. The War Memorial Opera House is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street. For more public transportation information, visit and

Casting, programs, schedules and ticket prices are subject to change. For further information about Il Barbiere di Siviglia and San Francisco Opera’s 2015–16 Season, please visit

For the complete press release, casting and calendar, please view the attached PDF.