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Rossini’s Popular Comedy The Barber of Seville, Performed In English at Family-Friendly Prices, Is t

Rossini’s Popular Comedy The Barber of Seville, Performed In English at Family-Friendly Prices, Is the Met’s 2015 Holiday Presentation

The cast includes Isabel Leonard and Ginger Costa-Jackson as Rosina, David Portillo and Taylor Stayton as Count Almaviva, and Elliot Madore and David Pershall as Figaro

The December 30 matinee will feature a pre-performance open house, with family-oriented activities led by the Met’s backstage artists

New York, NY – Continuing a tradition inaugurated in 2006, the Met offers a holiday presentation sung in English with special discount pricing for families this December and January. This year’s production, Rossini’s madcap comedy The Barber of Seville, opens December 16 and stars Isabel Leonard and Ginger Costa-Jackson as Rosina; David Portillo and Taylor Stayton as Count Almaviva; Elliot Madore and David Pershall as Figaro; Valeriano Lanchas as Dr. Bartolo; and Robert Pomakov as Don Basilio. Antony Walker conducts all nine performances of the opera, which runs through January 2.

On Wednesday, December 30, all ticket holders for the matinee are invited to a pre-performance open house event held on the Grand Tier level of the Met lobby beginning at 11 a.m. Met artists and craftspeople will lead a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations designed for families with children, including a “dress-up” station featuring child-friendly costume pieces; an instrument show-and-tell with members of the orchestra; a live demonstration by the Met scenic artists, who create props and set elements for all of the company’s productions; and a lighting display by the Met’s electrics department.

The Barber of Seville is part of the Met’s “Holidays at Half Price” promotion, which allows fifty percent off tickets for children under 18 when purchased with a full-price.

Further information, including biographies of principal artists, is available in our online press room here.

Performances: December 16, 19eve, 21, 24, 26mat, 29, 30mat; January 1, 2eve. Curtain times vary: complete schedule here. Running time: 2 hours, including one intermission.

Tickets begin at $25; for prices, more information, or to place an order, please call (212) 362-6000 or visit www.metopera.org. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (212) 341-5410 or visiting www.metopera.org/groups.

Same-day $25 rush tickets for all performances of The Barber of Seville are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Met’s Web site. Tickets will go on sale for performances Monday-Friday at noon, matinees four hours before curtain, and Saturday evenings at 2pm.

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