Bartolo, Doctor

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1 (Rossini: II barbiere di Siviglia). Bass. Guardian of Rosina, who wants to marry her and tries to prevent her eloping with Count Almaviva. Admitting defeat, he gives them his blessing. Aria: A un dottor della mia sorte (‘For a doctor of my standing’); sextet (with Basilio, Figaro, Count, Rosina, and Berta): Freddo ed immobile (‘Awestruck and motionless’). One of the great roles for a buffo bass. Created (1816) by Bartolomeo Botticelli.

2 (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro). Bass. Previous guardian of Rosina, now the Countess Almaviva. He turns out to be Figaro's father and agrees to marry the mother of his son, Marcellina. Aria: La vendetta (‘Revenge’). Created (1786) by Francesco Bussani (who also created Antonio; his wife created Cherubino).

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