Dan Buckley, a writer, filmmaker and former Tucson Citizen music critic, points to Arizona Opera’s Barber of Seville as a good gateway opera, as well as one for established opera lovers. It’s “tuneful, animated and charming,” he says.
Even among Rossini's voluminous operatic output, Barber of Seville is a standout. A staple of the repertoire it may be, but also always a dependably joyful experience as well. The novice will love it, the opera lover already has it on his/her calendar.