The Barber of Seville


Conducted by George Manahan
Directed by Christopher Mattaliano

Don’t miss the charismatic character we all know and love: “Figaro! Figaro! Fig-a-rooo!”

This opera sparkles with fun-filled comedy and mischief.

Count Almaviva has fallen for the charming Rosina, and enlists the help of the town barber Figaro to assist in winning her affection.  Together they try to outwit her guardian Dr. Bartolo, who also vies for her hand (and inheritance). Classic shenanigans and twists promise to delight audiences both young and young at heart in one of the greatest bel canto comic operas of all time.


Performed in Italian with English captions.
Approximately 3 hours, with one intermission.

A fun-filled love letter to opera’s brilliant past, Christopher Mattaliano’s colorful and nostalgic production of The Barber of Seville stars Metropolitan Opera baritone John Moore as the scheming barber. Mezzo-soprano Aleksandra Romano, last seen at Portland Opera as Isabella in The Italian Girl in Algiers, is Rosina, and tenor Jack Swanson is Count Almaviva.


The Barber of Seville Preview: Multnomah County Library
Sunday, June 2 | 2 PM
Collins Gallery
Free and open to the public

The Barber of Seville Preview: Beaverton Library
Tuesday, June 4 | 6:30 PM
Beaverton City Library
Free and open to the public


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Join us one hour before curtain for a discussion providing context and unique insights into the world of the opera. After the performance join Christopher Mattaliano, Portland Opera’s general director, along with cast members or collaborators, for a post-show conversation.

Tickets start at $35. View seating map for Keller Auditorium.


The performance of The Barber of Seville on June 9, 2019 at 2 PM will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our Patron Services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.


Aleksandra Romano

Count Almaviva
Jack Swanson

John Moore

Doctor Bartolo
Eduardo Chama

Don Basilio
Adam Lau

Antonia Tamer

Geoffrey Schellenberg

An Officer
Thomas Cilluffo

George Manahan

Christopher Mattaliano

Costume Designer
James Scott

Scenic Designer
Allen Moyer

Lighting Designer
Paul Palazzo

Plot & Program Notes

The libretto for The Barber of Seville was based on the French comedy Le Barbier de Séville, the first of three plays by Pierre Beaumarchais wrote about the character Figaro. Mozart’s opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, was based on the second play in the trilogy.