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Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia

From 11 October TO 19 October 2022
Staatsoper Unter den Linden - Berlin
Program

Rossini : Il Barbiere di Siviglia 160 mn

Cast
  • Conductor
    Anu Tali
  • Director
    Ruth Berghaus
  • Performers
    Figaro: Arttu Kataja
    Rosina: Tara Erraught
    Il Conte d’Almaviva: Siyabonga Maqungo
    Dottore Bartolo: Maurizio Muraro
    Don Basilio: David Ostrek
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Staatsoper Unter den Linden - Berlin Location Unter den Linden 7 - 10117 Berlin Allemagne

When the opera house situated on the Lindenallee was inaugurated in 1742, Frederick the Great intended to turn it into the cultural symbol of his ideal capital, the hub of the "Forum Fridericianum." This "enchanted palace," as the enlightened despot called it, is one of the rare vestiges of the old city still visible today, and a large part of German musics cultural heritage is contained within its walls. The Berlin Staatskapelle, for example, the orchestra connected with the opera, was founded in 1570 and the list of its permanent conductors includes names such as those of Meyerbeer, Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss, Furtwangler, Klemperer and Karajan! During the 19th century, the Berlin Opera remained a royal opera, where Weber's FREISCHUTZ was premiered. The activities of the Berlin Staatskapelle developed under Spontini's responsability, the first "Preussischer Generalmusikdirektor," ever appointed. This goes to show the importance of the ensemble in German musical life at that time, an importance which constantly grew, especially after the "Sinfonie-Soireen" were created in 1842, open to the public by subscription.

In 1919, the Royal Opera became a state opera, and played an active role in the exhuberant artistic activity that rocked Germany during the twenties: Erich Kleiber presented Berg's WOZZECK and popular harmonies of composers such as Kurt Weill resounded in this shrine of the lyrical repertoire, until Nazism cut short a period of intense creativity. During the war, Karajan forged his reputation in the theatre, until bombs destroyed the building, partially in 1941, and completely in 1945.

Because of its geographical situation, the Staatsoper became, in 1949, the Opera of East Berlin. In 1955, the East German administration reinstalled the company in its illustrious hall, rebuilt along the original plans, and one could soon applaud singers such as Peter Schreier and Theo Adam on its stage, musicians who helped create a truly Eastern German singing tradition.

Since the German reunification, the institution has been completely reorganized, especially under the impetus of Daniel Barenboim, who became its General Music Director in 1992. Proud of its impressive history, the present day Opera Unter den Linden hardly neglects its baroque beginnings, and it henceforth counts amongst those that most often produce pre-Mozartian lyrical works, such as CLEOPATRA E CESARE by Graun which opened the Opera's first season in 1742. But the house also commissions works by Pierre Boulez, while defending the traditional repertoire, in which Wagner occupies a large place. By thus juxtaposing tradition and innovation, the Opera Unter den Linden has become one of the institutions most representative of Berlin's new dynamism.

Staatsoper Unter den Linden

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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

Staatsoper Unter den Linden

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