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22 April
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
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Il barbiere
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16, 18, 20 & 22 April 2023
Opera
Conductor Gianluca Capuano
Director Rolando Villazón

Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia

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Sunday 16 April 2023 - 15 h
Tuesday 18 April 2023 - 20 h (Gala)
Thursday 20 April 2023 - 20 h
Saturday 22 April 2023 - 20 h
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Melodramma buffo in two acts
Music by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based on the comedy The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Premiere: Rome, Teatro Argentina, 20 February 1816

Production of the Salzburg Festival

On 20 February 1816, just as Carnival week was approaching its climax, Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia had its (eventful) premiere at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. The new opera was a highly appropriate match for the unfettered atmosphere of the Roman carnival: delighting in masks and disguise, parody and the grotesque, it is permeated through and through with the spirit of carnival. In Rossini’s work everything is energized, sharpened or exaggerated, charged with dramatic vibrancy. And thus the comedy in Rossini’s work is closer to commedia dell’arte than the French play on which it is based.

The meta-theatrical dimension that characterizes Il barbiere di Siviglia is being further expanded in Rolando Villazón’s production –thus opening up new potential for comedy and moments of poetry. An additional protagonist is being introduced, played by the great (and fastest in the world) quick-change performer Arturo Brachetti, a daydreamer who seeks distraction in old movies, especially those starring a particular diva with whom he has become enamoured.

Production team

CONDUCTOR | GIANLUCA CAPUANO
DIRECTOR | ROLANDO VILLAZÓN
SET DESIGN | HARALD B. THOR
COSTUME DESIGN | BRIGITTE REIFFENSTUEL
LIGHTING DESIGN | STEFAN BOLLIGER
CHOREOGRAPHY | RAMSES SIGL
VIDEO | ROCAFILM
CHOIRMASTER | STEFANO VISCONTI

Cast

LE COMTE ALMAVIVA | LEVY SEKGAPANE
BARTOLO | ALESSANDRO CORBELLI
ROSINA | CECILIA BARTOLI
FIGARO | NICOLA ALAIMO
DON BASILIO | ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV
BERTA | REBECA OLVERA
FIORELLO | JOSÉ COCA LOZA

WITH THE EXCEPTIONAL PARTICIPATION OF ARTURO BRACHETTI AS ARNOLDO

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