Lyric Season 2017/18
Opera Repertoire

The barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini

“This directing is a play of fantasy and evocation. The spaces of the story are always evoked, never represented. The possibility to evoke the presence of something on the stage is one of the fascinating aspects of the theatre, and therefore I have tried to use normal, simple objects, making them become the only ingredient for the sets. The result is that I found myself with a stage in which two dozen red chairs, a blue staircase, umbrellas and a number of huge balloons were all that I needed. The characters seem to explode into their physical and caricatural aspects. Thus, we have fantastical costumes, of pure imagination, with clear references to animal traits, very similar to the Commedia dell’Arte”.  This is Rossini’s Barbiere in the version by Damiano Michieletto, one of the most successful of international operatic directors, who took his first steps in this profession in 2005.

Il barbiere di Siviglia, or sia L'inutil precauzione
A humourous melodrama in two acts based on the comedy of the same name by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beumarchais
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Music by Gioachino Rossini
First performed: 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome

Staged by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Maggioformazione - 2005


Giuseppe Grazioli

Director and scenic staging
Damiano Michieletto

Carla Teti

Light design
Alessandro Tutini

Assistant director
Tecla Gucci

Choir director
Lorenzo Fratini

Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Paola Gardina

Giorgio Caoduro

Don Bartolo
Omar Montanari

Count Almaviva
Levy Sekgapane

Don Basilio
Luca Dall’Amico

Jungmin Kim

Eleonora Bellocci

An officer
Vito Luciano Roberti

Silvia Benvenuto, Enrica Gualtieri, Paolo Arcangeli, Mauro Barbiero, Fabrizio Casagrande, Alessandro Ciardini, Cristiano Colangelo and Pierangelo Preziosa
It is almost dawn when, in a square in Seville, the Count of Almaviva, with the help of his manservant Fiorello and a few musicians, sings a serenade under the window of his beloved Rosina. Not receiving any response from the young woman, he asks the barber Figaro for advice; the latter reveals that Don Bartolo, the tutor of the girl, keeps her locked away with the intention of marrying her. When Rosina finally looks out from her balcony, she lets a note fall, which asks the name of her admirer. In order to be sure of the true feelings of the young woman, the Count claims to be of humble origins and that his name is Lindoro. The action then moves to the interior of Don Bartolo’s home, where Rosina gives Figaro a letter for Lindoro. Don Basilio, the music teacher of the young woman, warns the tutor of the arrival of the Count to the city, and advises him to invent a slanderous story in order to present him in a bad light to Rosina. The arrival of Almaviva, disguised on the advice of the barber as a drunken soldier, creates so much disturbance as to force the police to arrive on the scene.

The Count, this time pretending to be Don Basilio’s substitute, manages once more to enter the apartments of Don Bartolo while Figaro, there for a shave, obtains the key to the terrace. When the real music teacher arrives, the situation deteriorates: Don Basilio is silenced in exchange for a sack of gold, and the tutor, understanding that he has been fooled, sends the presumed Linodoro away. In order to have his rival arrested and marry Rosina, Don Bartolo leaves the house and invites Don Basilio to look for a notary. The Count, who in the meantime has once again entered the building, reveals his true identity to the young woman, and marries her, taking advantage of the arrival of the notary. The tutor has no choice but to accept the marriage, happy that he does not have to provide a dowry for Rosina.
Born in Pesaro on 29 February 1792, son of a trombone player and a singer. He began studying the harpsichord and singing at Lugo, to then enrol in 1806 for cello, piano and composition lessons at the Musical Secondary School in Bologna. He made his debut in 1810 with La cambiale di matrimonio at the Teatro San Moisè in Venice, but his first important successes came with La pietra del paragone (1812) andTancredi e L’Italiana in Algeri(1813). Employed by the impresario Domenico Barbaja as director of the Neapolitan Theatres of San Carlo and the Fondo, with the obligation of writing two operas per year, he composed Otello (1816), Mosè in Egitto (1818), Ermione (1819) and Maometto II (1820). In Rome, between 1816 and 1817, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola were staged; 1817 also saw the staging of La Gazza Ladra at the Scala in Milan. With Guillaume Tell (1829) he moved away from operatic theatre and dedicated himself to the Stabat Mater (1841) and the Petite Messe Solennelle (1863). He died in Passy, near Paris, on 13 November 1868.

Tue 20 March, ore 20:00
Thu 22 March, ore 20:00
Thu 29 March, ore 20:00

Stalls 1 € 80
Stalls 2 € 60
Stalls 3 € 50
Stalls 4 € 40
Boxes € 30
Gallery € 20

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1
50144 Firenze

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