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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opens its new season with the frothy fun of Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville. A wealthy count, Almaviva, is enamored of the beautiful Rosina. He wants to be certain she can love him and not just his wealth, so he concocts a series of ridiculous disguises to get close to his lady love without her knowing who he really is. This also helps him dodge her grumpy and greedy guardian, Bartolo, who plans to marry Rosina himself in order to gain her dowry. Stuck in the middle as usual is Figaro, the clever barber who helps Almaviva with his plan. This witty and fast-paced comic opera is performed at 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Loretto-Hilton Center on Webster University's campus (130 Edgar Road; 314-961-0644 or www.opera-stl.org). Tickets are $50 to $130. It is performed eight more times in repertory through Saturday, June 27.
Fri., May 22, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 29, 8 p.m.; Thu., June 4, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 6, 1 p.m.; Wed., June 10, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 14, 7 p.m.; Wed., June 17, 1 p.m.; Sat., June 27, 8 p.m., 2015

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