Il Barbiere di Siviglia

A new Count at Bastille

In conversation with the young tenor Xabier Anduaga

By Konstantinos Aspiotis 04 February 2020


© Charles Duprat / OnP

Xabier Anduaga (au centre) dans « Le Barbier de Séville, Opéra Bastille, 2020

Gioacchino Rossini's The Barber of Seville returns this season to the Opéra Bastille. Damiano Michieletto’s staging evolves in the interior of a colourful modern-day building reminiscent of several Italian films of the sixties. On this occasion, Octave interviewed the young Spanish tenor Xabier Anduaga, who is making his debut on the stage of the Paris Opera in the role of the Count Almaviva. He discusses his training, the musical characteristics of Rossini's score and the vocal and acting challenges of his role. 

Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini
The composer's opera buffa transcends the spirit of Beaumarchais’ comedy and combines the absurd with a touch of satirical realism in a score where rhythm and virtuosity place the comic effects in an ongoing dramatic narration. ...

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