Oh, the things we do for love! I am sure none of us have considered changing ourselves to win the heart of someone we like [insert sarcasm here...] In any case, the story of The Barber of Seville is a comedic approach to the extent we go to impress the person we admire. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be telling you the story of The Barber of Seville.
On an evening in Seville, Count Almaviva (Victor Ryan Robertson) serenades Rosina (Ginger Costa-Jackson) in hopes of getting her attention but fails miserably. As if getting her attention isn't hard enough, Rosina turns out to be the ward of Dr. Bartolo (Steven Condy) and he himself plans on marrying her. Determined to win Rosina's heart, Almaviva seeks Figaro's help. Figaro (Yunpeng Wang) is our Barber of Seville, Bartolo's current employee and factotum extraordinaire (what we would call a jack of all trades today).
Tune in next week to see what the Barber of Seville concocts for our dear Count!
Taking Figaro's advice, Almaviva disguises himself as a poor student named Lindoro and tries to serenade Rosina. She responds but is interrupted when a servant pulls her away (clearly, Bartolo runs a pretty tight ship). Figaro then devises another plan for Almaviva to get to Rosina. Amazed by Figaro's "ingenious" ideas, Almaviva agrees to disguise himself again but now as a drunken soldier to enter the house.
In the house, Rosina is infatuated by Lindoro (a.k.a Almaviva) and writes a letter to him. I should note that Lindoro told her that he could offer her nothing else but love which caught her attention. I guess compared to the first time he serenaded her, it is refreshing to not have a rich arrogant man flaunting his money while asking for her hand in marriage especially when she is already living with one (Bartolo).
Seeing this, Bartolo acts all "macho" and becomes protective over her and the two men gets into a fight (how typical...). This draws a lot of attention and soon the police arrive to arrest the disguised Almaviva. Being a Count and all, Almaviva tells the police his true identity and they release him. Bartolo who is taking pleasure in the arrest is surprised when this happens. Don Basilo (Ryan Speedo Green), Rosina's music teacher warns Bartolo about his competition (Almaviva as Lindoro) and Bartolo pushes his wedding date to Rosina forward - the next day to be precise. Because when all else fails, force the girl to marry you. Overhearing this, Figaro convinces Rosina to let him deliver the letter she wrote for Lindoro. Berta (Susanne Mentzer), Bartolo's maid, interrupts everyone when she brings a drunken soldier (a.k.a Almaviva a.k.a Lindoro) into the house. The drunken soldier gets a word with Rosina to reveal that he is Lindoro and passes a letter to her.
Tune in next week to follow Almaviva's quest for Rosina's heart. Are there more disguises and drama involved? Well, you will just have to wait and see!
Almaviva returns to the house disguised as Don Alonso claiming to be Don Basilio's (Rosina's music teacher) substitute. This is Almaviva's THIRD disguise. I guess it must be true love or an unhealthy obsession to go to that extent. Bartolo greets Alonso at the door and is initially suspicious of his intent. Alonso convinces Bartolo that he is not a threat by showing Bartolo Rosina's letter to Lindoro (a.k.a Almaviva a.k.a drunken soldier a.k.a Don Alonso) and Alonso claims that he wants to discredit Lindoro. Rosina recognizes Lindoro instantly even with the disguise and they begin her music lesson.
Figaro arrives to shave Bartolo and while doing so steals the key to the balcony. (In case you were wondering, the balcony key is needed to access Rosina's room.) Meanwhile, Basilio turns up at the house feeling better. Almaviva in his disguise manages to intercept the arrival and pays Basilio to leave. Rosina and "Lindoro" discuss their plans to elope but Bartolo overhears them. Realizing that Alonso is an imposter, Bartolo throws him out of the house.
Tune in next week to find out whether Almaviva's "love" (I guess we can call it love [insert sarcasm here]) for Rosina will defy all odds!