A New, Family-Friendly Version of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Premieres at the Metropolitan Opera This Holiday Season, Helmed by Tony Award Winner Bartlett Sher

Rodion Pogossov, a graduate of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made his Met role debut as Figaro in 2009 and has since sung the role 17 times. His other Met roles have included Fiorello in Barbiere, Marullo in Verdi's Rigoletto, and Papageno in both Die Zauberflöte and the abridged Magic Flute. Later this season, he will sing Rodrigo in Verdi's Don Carlo at the Hamburg State Opera.

John Del Carlo has sung Dr. Bartolo at the Met more than 50 times since 1996. He made his Met debut in 1993 as Kothner in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and has sung 17 roles with the company, including Dr. Bartolo in both Barbiere and Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro,Frank in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, and the title role in Donizetti's Don Pasquale. Earlier this season, he sang Gonzalo in the Met premiere of The Tempest.

                Jordan Bisch, also a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, makes his Met role debut as Don Basilio. His Met performances have included the Second Knight in Wagner's Parsifal, a Trojan in Mozart's Idomeneo, Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette, the Frate in Don Carlo, and the King in Verdi's Aida.

Yves Abel made his Met debut in 1994 conducting IL Barbiere di Siviglia and has also led performances of Bizet's Carmen, Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and Verdi's La Traviata. Later this season, he will conduct La Fille du Régiment at San Diego Opera and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bavarian State Opera.