As the curtain opens on Rossini's comic opera Il barbiere di Siviglia, you might expect to see a sunny Spanish street of plaster and tile. But not when the San Francisco Opera commissions architect and set designer Hans Dieter Schaal. He slices right down to the core of a concept to release its inner essences for a primal framework that projects the composer's passions and dreams and actions in elegant simplicity. The house of Dr. Bartolo is the bustling, brawling Barber of Seville ...

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