Rossini's delightfully funny story of young love finds the dashing Count Almaviva striving to win the love of the beautiful Rosina. To rescue her from her awful guardian, the count enlists the help of the local busybody barber, the famed Figaro -- who ends up creating hilarious mayhem with his many disguises and wacky schemes. With a triumphant overture made famous in other genres -- think Bugs Bunny -- The Barber of Seville appeals to both opera newbies and aficionados. Pittsburgh Opera's 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. This comedy, playing at Benedum Center, is one of the most playful and popular in the entire operatic canon.