the barber of seville

Gioacchino Rossini

Opéra Bastille - from 24 January to 16 February 2018

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Opera Buffa in two acts (1816)

Music
Gioacchino Rossini
Libretto
Cesare Sterbini
Conductor
Riccardo Frizza
Director
Damiano Michieletto
Il Conte d'Almaviva
René Barbera
Levy Sekgapane
Bartolo
Simone Del Savio
Rosina
Olga Kulchynska
Figaro
Massimo Cavalletti
Florian Sempey
Basilio
Nicolas Testé
Fiorello
Pietro Di Bianco
Berta
Julie Boulianne
Un ufficiale
Olivier Ayault
Set design
Paolo Fantin
Costume design
Silvia Aymonino
Lighting design
Fabio Barettin
Chorus master
Alessandro Di Stefano

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
French and English surtitles

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With a single wave of my wand,I shall lull vigilance,awaken love,outwit jealousy,baffle intrigue and overcome all obstacles

- Figaro, Le Barbier de Séville, Beaumarchais

A masterpiece of opera buffa, The Barber of Seville still enjoys the same success as it did at its first performance in 1816. Inspired by Beaumarchais’ play of the same name, Rossini remained faithful to the narrative simplicity of the play whilst portraying characters bubbling over to the relentless rhythm of the score. Overture and arias alike rapidly gained in notoriety. Damiano Michieletto’s frenetically vivid production alternates smoothly between picturesque realism and dreamlike fantasy in a single, monumental set making this Barber of Seville a wildly eccentric comedy with a ring of truth.

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