“Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville) is an opera buffa by Gioachino Rossini, on a libretto in two acts by Cesare Sterbini based on the French comedy Le Barbier de Séville by Beaumarchais. This work is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all “opere buffe”.
«Always make Barbiere! Always Barbiere!», Beethoven suggested to Rossini on meeting him in Vienna. “I cannot help but think that “Il barbiere di Siviglia”, by its abundance of true musical ideas, comic verve and truth of declamation, is the finest opera buffa that exists”. Thus wrote Giuseppe Verdi to a French critic in 1898. Rossini never composed a more successful opera than Barbiere. Still nowadays the work, which premiered at Rome’s Teatro Argentina in 1816, is the most famous opera comedy worldwide. Virtually every piece in it is a musical gem, including Figaro’s “Largo al factotum”, Basilio’s “La calunnia”, Rosina’s “Una voce poco fa”, the ensemble “Zitti zitti, piano piano”, and more.
Venetian director Bepi Morassi’s production fits into this ambience perfectly, attempting to reenact the opera as it must have been seen. Most of those involved are Italian, the costumes are authentic, while the sets behind a false proscenium are simple but effective, evoking Seville through an orange tree and horizon. The director Federico Maria Sardelli will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice. The performance lasts about 2 hours 55 minutes.
Location: La Fenice Theatre, Venice
Schedule: from October 3rd to 27th 2020
Hour: 7 pm / 3.30 pm on Oct 18, 24 and 25
Ticket: up to € 240