Gioachino Rossini's delightfully funny story of young love unfolds in Spain and finds the dashing Count Almaviva striving to win the love of the beautiful Rosina. But to rescue her from her awful guardian, the Count enlists the help of the town's busybody barber, the famed Figaro -- who ends up creating hilarious mayhem with his many disguises and wacky schemes. With a triumphant overture made famous through other mediums -- think Bugs Bunny -- The Barber of Seville appeals to both opera newbies and aficionados. A top-notch cast sails through the score's bel canto glories, thrilling the audience with their portrayals of characters that are just as vivid today as when they first took the stage. Rossini's razor-sharp musical wit glints through every scene of this delicious comedy, one of the most playful and popular in the entire operatic repertoire.