Barber of Seville

  • May 25-26, 2023 7:30pm
  • Mary Jane Teall Theater
  • 2 1/2 hours

Short Synopsis

A young Count named Almaviva wants to marry a girl named Rosina, but her guardian, Dr. Bartolo, stands in the way. With the help of a clever barber named Figaro, Almaviva disguises himself and uses tricks to win Rosina’s heart while outwitting Bartolo. In the end, true love triumphs as Almaviva reveals his true identity and Rosina’s affections are won. The opera is filled with comedic situations, mistaken identities, and catchy melodies, making it a lively and entertaining tale of love and cleverness.


Tickets available


Senior (65+) and military discounts are available

We are excited to have an exciting cast of seasoned professionals and some great new talents!

Cast of Barber of Seville

Count Almaviva………..Morgan Mastrangelo
Dr. Bartolo……………….Peter Strummer
Rosina……………………..Sandra Piques-eddy
Figaro…………………….. Luis Orozco
Don Basilio………………Peter Volpe
Berta……………………….Ashley Ruckman
Fiorello……………………Cole Bellamy
Ambrogio………………..Tom Frye

WGO Chorus & Orchestra

Full Sysnopsis

“The Barber of Seville” is a comic opera in two acts composed by Gioachino Rossini, with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The opera is based on the first of the Figaro plays by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais, and it premiered in 1816 in Rome, Italy. It is known for its energetic and melodic music, witty lyrics, and delightful characters.

Act I:
The opera is set in Seville, Spain. The young Count Almaviva is smitten with Rosina, a wealthy young woman who is under the guardianship of the elderly Dr. Bartolo. However, Bartolo intends to marry Rosina himself in order to get her fortune. Count Almaviva disguises himself as a poor student named Lindoro and enlists the help of Figaro, a mischievous barber who is known for his resourcefulness and wit.

Figaro comes up with a plan to help the Count win Rosina’s heart. He starts by arranging a meeting between the Count and Rosina, during which the Count serenades her. Rosina is charmed by the mysterious “Lindoro,” but Bartolo’s suspicions are aroused. He plans to marry Rosina the very next day, so the Count and Figaro must act quickly.

Act II:
In the second act, Figaro devises a clever scheme to sneak the Count into Bartolo’s house disguised as a drunken soldier. The plan involves a series of disguises, mistaken identities, and comical interactions between the characters. Meanwhile, Rosina is determined to outsmart her guardian and pursue her love for “Lindoro,” despite Bartolo’s attempts to keep them apart.

The comedic situations escalate as Bartolo grows increasingly suspicious and frustrated. He enlists the help of Don Basilio, a music teacher, to expose “Lindoro” as a fraud. However, Figaro and the Count manage to outwit Basilio and continue their pursuit of Rosina.

In the final scene, the truth is revealed, and all misunderstandings are cleared up. Count Almaviva reveals his true identity to Rosina, and Bartolo’s plans are foiled. Rosina and Count Almaviva declare their love for each other, and the opera ends with a joyful ensemble celebrating the triumph of true love and Figaro’s cleverness.

“The Barber of Seville” is a delightful and fast-paced opera, known for its catchy melodies, intricate ensembles, and comedic situations. It showcases Rossini’s skill as a composer and Sterbini’s witty setting of Beaumarchais text, making it one of the most beloved and enduring operas in the repertoire.

What to Expect

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Before the Opera

Where to Stay

If you are visiting Wichita from out of town, we suggest staying at one of these recommended hotels.

Ambassador Hotel

Hotel at Waterwalk

Hotel at Old Town

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Wichita Downtown

Wichita Inn North

DoubleTree by Hilton

Red Roof Inn Wichita Airport

Clarion Inn Wichita Airport

Wichita Marriott

Hawthorn Suites

Where to Eat

Downtown Wichita and the nearby Delano District provide many dining options to enhance your opera experience.  Concessions are also available at the opera.

Cafe Bel Ami

AVI Seabar & Chophouse

Hana Cafe

Harvest Kitchen and Bar at the Hyatt Regency

Lotus Leaf Cafe & Creperie

Old-Town Sushi Bar By Wasabi

Rain Café and Lounge

River City Brewery

Sabor Latin Bar & Grill

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse at the Ambassador Hotel


Except as noted, Wichita Grand Opera performs in the Century II Performing Arts Center in downtown Wichita.

Century II Performing Arts Center
225 W. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67202


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Seating (Including for Disabled Patrons)

To comply with ADA requirements, the following seats are reserved for our handicapped patrons:

Concert Hall

On House Right, Seating is available at:

  • Row M, Seats 123 & 124 (Best seating – $85 per seat)
  • Row S, Seats 124 & 125 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
  • Row KK, Seats 101-106 (Better seating $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
  • Row LL, Seats 107-112 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box

On House Left, Seating is available at:

  • Row M, Seats 22 & 23 (Best Seating – $85 per seat)
  • Row S, Seats 24 & 25 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
  • Row KK, Seats 1-6 (Better seating – $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
  • Row LL, Seats 7-12 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box

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