Lindoro, who is really the young Count Almaviva in disguise, hopes to make the beautiful Rosina love him for himself — not his money. Almaviva pays off the musicians who then depart, leaving him to brood alone. Rosina is the young ward of the grumpy, elderly Bartolo and she is allowed very little freedom because Bartolo plans to marry her once she is of age and thus appropriate her not inconsiderable dowry. Since Figaro used to be a servant of the Count, the Count asks him for assistance in helping him meet Rosina, offering him money should he be successful in arranging this. Figaro advises the Count to disguise himself as a drunken soldier, ordered to be billeted with Bartolo, so as to gain entrance to the house. For this suggestion, Figaro is richly rewarded.
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When his talent for singing became obvious, he was placed in the Conservatory of San Onofrio at Naples. His reputation established, he settled for some years at Naples, where he produced a series of successful operas. Petersburg , where he remained for eight years. During his 15 years as music director there, he composed several of his best operas, including La Molinara and Nina After many vicissitudes resulting from political and dynastic changes, he was invited to Paris in by Napoleon.
Paisiello conducted the music of the court in the Tuileries; the Parisian public, however, received his opera Proserpine without enthusiasm. Disappointed at the failure of his only opera with a French libretto, he returned to Naples in There he was reinstated in his former appointment by Joseph Bonaparte and Joachim Murat , but he was unable to meet the demands for new works, and he left in In all, Paisiello is known to have composed more than 80 operas. His church music comprises about 40 masses and many smaller works.
His instrumental music includes symphonies, a harp concerto, string quartets, and sonatas for harp and for violin and cello. In the 20th century, Il Barbiere and La Molinara were revived, and several of his operas and piano concerti, string quartets, and keyboard pieces were republished. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Subscribe today Learn More in these related Britannica articles:.
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