The barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini

A kaleidoscope of disguises, nighttime serenades, hilarious misunderstandings and famous arias. Il Barbiere di Siviglia was composed in a dozen days by Gioachino Rossini, and staged for the first time at the Teatro Argentina in Rome February 20, 1816. The outcome of the evening, one of the most sensational fiascos in the history of music, perhaps organized by admirers of Giovanni Paisiello who were disappointed to see the young musician with a subject already addressed by the elder Master, amplifies the unstoppable popularity of this masterpiece. The comic opera par excellence, here on stage in the production by Damiano Michieletto, the brilliant enfant terrible of theater direction.Il Barbiere di Siviglia (original title: Almaviva o sia L’Inutile Precauzione)

Opera buffa in two acts from the homonymous comedy of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beumarchais
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Edition: Edwin Kalmus & Co., Inc., Boca Raton, Florida

Staging of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Maggioformazione – 2005
Sung in Italian