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Promoting Sino-Italian cultural exchanges, the NCPA and the Italian Embassy are bringing a concert series to Beijing this new year. First off comes Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The story is set in Seville, Spain in the seventeenth century. Young Count Almaviva falls in love with Rosina, a rich and beautiful girl. Nonetheless, the greedy Doctor Bartolo, Rosina's guardian, intends to marry her himself. Knowing nothing about what to do next, Almaviva turns to Figaro, the barber in the city, for help, who loves meddling in other people's business.