Rossini's celebrated opera, performed by the London Philharmonic at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1981. Count Almaviva is in love with the wealthy Rosina, who is kept under lock and key by old Dr Bartolo. Bartolo wants to marry Rosina himself, but the Count attempts to woo her under the guise of a poor student. He is aided in his attempts by the local barber, Figaro, who advises him to infiltrate Bartolo's house by pretending to seek lodgings. He almost succeeds in escaping with Rosina, but Bartolo overhears them and sends for a Notary to speed up his wedding plans. The Count and Figaro race against time to woo and wed Rosina.