Shave and a romcom, two bits.

The greatest operatic comedy returns to Madison Opera for the first time in twelve years. With a count in multiple disguises, a young woman trying to outwit her guardian, and a barber being paid to ensure a happy ending, what could possibly go wrong? Rossini’s spectacular, memorable music will thrill and delight from the first note to the last.

Whether you’ve seen this opera a thousand times or never, you’ll want to grab your seat in this barber shop.


Emily Fons

Count Almaviva
John Irvin*

Will Liverman*

Dr. Bartolo
Alan Dunbar

Don Basilio
Thomas Forde
Chelsea Morris* 
Trevor Martin*

 * Madison Opera debut

Learn more about our cast!


Conductor: John DeMain

Director: Doug Scholz-Carlson

Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Production Dates:

Friday, April 24, 2015 | 8pm
Sunday, April 26, 2015 | 2:30pm
Overture Hall

Run time:
approx. 3 hours, including one intermission

Related Events

Opera Novice: Opera & Cartoons  / March 27, 2015

Opera Up Close: The Barber of Seville preview / April 19, 2015

Opera Talks: Pre-Opera lecture and Post-Opera Q&A session

Nov. 21 & 23, 2014
Feb. 6, 7, & 8, 2015
April 24 & 26, 2015
July 25, 2015




 With funds from the State of Wisconsin & the National Endowment for the Arts

Artist Underwriting Provided by:
E. David Cronon Trust

Bolz Family
Endowment Fund