IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA

Opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini based on the French comedy
Le Barbier de Séville by Pierre-Agustin Caron de BeauMarchais.
Premiered at the Teatro Argentina in Roma on the 20th of February 1816.

Musical production Teatro Cervantes de Malaga
Stage production Amigos Canarios de la Opera. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Il conte d'Almaviva      Juan de Dios Mateos  
Bartolo                          Carlos Chausson  
Rosina                           Carol Garcia  
Figaro                            Javier Franco   
Don Basilio                   Javier Castañeda  
Fiorello                          Isaac Galan  
Berta                              Monica Campaña  

Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra
Malaga Opera Choir

Stage director Giulio Ciabatti
Choir director Salvador Vazquez
Conductor Arturo Diez Boscovich

3.00 h (w/intermission)
photo ©Fabio Parenzan

The complexity of Rossini’s masterpiece, opéra comique par excellence, goes far beyond its hilarity; its sophisticated mechanism is so well structured that it seems simple and natural. 
Written in a record thirteen days, as recognised by the author himself, with the original title of Almaviva, ossia l'Inutile precauzione (Almaviva or the useless precaution) to avoid the coincidence with the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia (Saint Petersburg, 1782) by Giovanni Paisiello, its premiere was a disaster. The second performance, however, was an absolute success. Although its predecessor prevailed for some time, only Rossini’s opera has withstood the test of time as part of the universal opera repertoire, and it is the most performed opera in history. Its magnificent numbers for ensembles, arias and orchestral effects constitute a true collection of paradigms full of ingenuity and creativity. The overture’s energetic, uplifting and funny character, which is often performed as a concert piece, prepares the audience psychologically for the atmosphere in which the opera unfolds. This vital and sophisticated music elevates to quintessence the astute, picaresque and iconic Figaro, the main character of BeauMarchais’ Andalusian trilogy, taken from the commedia dell´arte and effectively imbedded in the collective imagination.

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