Maquette for shift from street to Dr. Bartolo's house in The Barber of Seville
Maker and role
Artist: Helen Pond, American, 1924-2017
Artist: Herbert Senn, American, 1924-2003
Pond and Senn note: "The 'birdcage' room is symbolically important to the plot. You see the lovely heiress Rosina is being kept a virtual prisoner by her guardian, Dr. Bartolo, who hopes to keep her away from young suitors so that he might marry her. But her cage as a balcony, and already she has attracted a serenader - a poor student. Except that he is not poor at all, but the Count Almavira in disguise. Allied with the clever barber, Figaro, they eventually outwit Dr. Bartolo.