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Il Barbiere di Siviglia © ROH - Mark Douet-2016

Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia

From 09 February TO 15 February 2023
Covent Garden - London
Program

Rossini : Il Barbiere di Siviglia 160 mn

Cast
  • Conductor
    Rafael Payare
  • Director
    Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier
  • Performers
    Figaro: Andrzej Filonczyk
    Rosina: Aigul Akhmetshina
    Il Conte d’Almaviva: Lawrence Brownlee
    Dottore Bartolo: Fabio Capitanucci
    Don Basilio: Bryn Terfel
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  • Venue Info
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  • Synopsis

Covent Garden - London Location Bow Street, Covent Garden - WC2E 9DD London Royaume-Uni

  • Venue's Capacity: 2256

Covent Garden's lyrical tradition goes back to the eighteenth century. It is here, for example, in a theatre constructed in 1732 by John Rich, the successful producer of THE BEGGAR'S OPERA, that the London public discovered several of Handel's operas.

Covent Garden then also staged plays and pantomime, a tradition which continued well into the thirties. The theatre has since hosted the most diverse productions, including cinema, cabaret, ice shows, and the circus. Today only opera and dance (The Royal Ballet) share the season.

As is the case with many an opera house. Covent Garden's life history was interrupted by fire, which twice destroyed the building. The second Royal Opera was inaugurated in 1809. Weber composed OBERON for the theatre, and conducted its premiere in 1826; the next year, Beethoven's F ID EU o was staged. From 1847, Covent Garden most often scheduled the Italian repertoire, with works by Rossini and Verdi. After the fire that demolished the second theatre in 1856, and until 1914, the third opera house built on the Covent Garden site became known as the theatre that hired the world's leading artists (like Nellie Melba, Caruso, and Adelina Patti, who refused all rehearsals by contract), and paid them royally. Several legendary conductors furthered the Royal Opera House's reputation after the First World War, such as Bruno Walter, and, of course, Thomas Beecham, who introduced the opera of Richard Strauss.

During the Second World War, Covent Garden became a "Palais de Dance" (sic). At the end of the war, following an intense period of negogiations. the ambitious decision was made to found a permanent opera company. Karl Rankl was appointed the first Music Director of the Covent Garden Opera Company (it became The Royal Opera in 1968) which gave its first performance in 1947.

Rankl's successors - Rafael Kubelik, Georg Solti, Colin Davis, and Bernard Haitink - have managed to maintain the company spirit and even the most celebrated guest artists are obliged to attend rehearsals.

Covent Garden

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Synopsis

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA A LIGHT HEARTED OPERA WITH COMEDIC MOMENTS

Set in Spain in the 17th century, Rossini's opera, The Barber of Seville, is a famous and thoroughly entertaining show. The energy that this opera delivers, is quite different from the majority of operatic narratives, in the sense of its well placed humour and lack of dramatic highs and lows, as well as the absence of a crescendo, generally featured in most plays. Laughter is key, with Il Barbiere di Sivigliaand its happy ending stays in line with its feel good factor, to keep audiences amused and exultant.

THE HISTORY
Dr Bartolo wants to marry Rosina, for her inheritance. Count Almaviva, captivated by Rosina, serenades her, outside Bartolo's home. Disguising himself as Lindora, to gain Rosina's affection, Almaviva makes his wishes known. Rosina agrees to elope with Lindora, but changes her mind, not realising Lindora is Almaviva. Upon realisation, they marry, with Figaro's help. Bartolo, receiving her dowry, is appeased.

Act 1
A group of musicians congregate outside Dr Bartolo's home, with Count Almaviva. He serenades Rosina, who is kept under lock and key, in the doctor's residence. Unable to secure an answer to his serenade, Almaviva pays the musicians, sending them away. Figaro, the barber, approaches and Almaviva asks for his advice. Figaro devises a plan, while Dr Bartolo, leaves home, with his plot to marry Rosina. Figaro tells Almaviva to disguise himself as Lindora, to attract Rosina's attention. He serenades her, saying he only has love to give. Figaro creates another plan, for Almaviva to gain entry into Dr Bartolo's home, telling him to disguise himself as a drunken solider. Figaro enters Dr Bartolo's home, although Bartolo doesn't believe Almaviva's story.

Act 2
Almaviva disguises himself as the music tutor Basilio's assistant, telling Bartolo that Basilio is sick. Bartolo, falling for this, invites Almaviva inside. Figaro arrives, taking Bartolo into another room, giving Almaviva and Rosina time alone. Almaviva and Rosina plan to elope. While shaving Bartolo, Figaro steals a key from the balcony. Once Figaro and Almaviva leave, Bartolo informs Rosina of Lindora's scheme to secure a marriage between her and Almaviva. Rosina, angered, agrees to marry Bartolo. He leaves to fetch a notary to marry Rosina. When Almaviva and Figaro return, Rosina refuses to leave with them, but agrees when told Lindora is truly Almaviva. They marry and Bartolo, once given Rosina's dowry, is satisfied.

MAIN ROLES
Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva,  - Tenor
Rosina, heiress and ward of Dr Bartolo- Soprano
Dr Bartolo, guardian of Rosina - Baritone
Figaro, and Helper of Count Almaviva - Baritone
Basilo, Music Tutor - Bass

Royal Opera House © Rob Moore

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