Act One: In front of Bartolo’s house
Outside of Bartolo’s house, a band of musicians and Count Almaviva, disguised as a poor student, Lindoro, try to serenade Rosina, but she does now come out. (Ecco, ridente in cielo) Count Almaviva is in love with the young woman, but wants her to love him for himself, and not for his wealth and status. Disappointed, Almaviva sends the musicians away and sulks, by himself. Figaro enters singing about how he is the “go-to-guy” of the town (Largo al factotum). Count Almaviva asks Figaro, who used to be his servant, to help him meet Rosina in person. Figaro instructs the Count to dress up and act like a drunken soldier, demanding room and board for the night from Bartolo. Accepting the suggestion, Count Almaviva pays Figaro for his help (All’idea di quel metalle).
Rosina is the ward of Doctor Bartolo, who is an elderly and grumpy man, who wants to marry her for her large dowry. Bartolo keeps a close eye on her, and does not allow her freedom to
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