Count Almaviva is in love with a young woman named Rosina, so he disguises himself as a poor student so that she may fall in love for him, not his wealth. Rosina is barely allowed out of the house because her guardian, Bartolo, an old grumpy man, wants to marry her for her large dowry, once she is of age. Figaro, the local barber, used to be the Count’s servant, so the Count asked him to help him meet Rosina in private. Figaro, Almaviva, and Rosina all plot to trick Bartolo and ruin his plans to marry Rosina. However, Bartolo tricks Rosina into thinking that Linodoro works for Almaviva and is not in love with her. Devastated, she agrees to marry Bartolo. The Count and Figaro come to get Rosina, but she confronts Lindoro with what she has been told. Count Almaviva reveals himself to everyone and Rosina agrees to leave with him. Under Bartolo’s nose, The Count and Rosina get married, with Figaro as a witness. Rosina agrees to give Bartolo her dowry, and all sing of their love and happiness.
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