Teatro Lirico of DC presents a double-bill of two of the wittiest zarzuelas in the Spanish lyric repertoire: El Barbero de Sevilla (The Barber of Seville) and Gloria y Peluca (Wigs and Glory). Gimenez’s Barber of Seville is a hilarious comedy of errors that uses Rossini’s opera as the background of its plot. The barbed references to opera and its divas will make you laugh out loud even if you are not a regular concertgoer. Its polonaise aria “Me llaman la primorosa” is a tour de force often included in concerts by international opera singers. Barbieri’s Wigs and Glory appropriately complements this program with its virtuoso music influenced by Italian Bel Canto with a Spanish festive twist. Wigs and Glory follows the comic misadventures of Marcelo, a barber with opium dreams of becoming an opera composer, and Maria, his more practical wife. This piece was Barbieri’s first success and it laid out the path for the development of zarzuelas in the 19th century. The music in both zarzuelas is so infectious you will find yourself humming them after you leave the performance. A must see! Performed in Spanish with English surtitles, soloists, chorus and orchestra.