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Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Opera by Gioachino Rossini

Commedia in zwei Akten von Gioachino Rossini. Libretto von Cesare Sterbini nach der Komödie von Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. In italienischer Sprache mit deutschen und englischen Übertiteln. Altersempfehlung: ab 10 Jahren

Lindoro alias Count Almaviva uses all possible artistic means to court his adored Rosina and will stop at nothing to be able to see her face as often as possible.  However, Doctor Bartolo, Rosina’s guardian, watches over his beautiful (and above all wealthy) ward with the eyes of Argos, because he is just as determined as the Count to marry her himself. With the help of the clever and cunning barber Figaro, the Count succeeds in gaining access to both Bartolo’s house and Rosina’s heart – and ultimately to release her from her domestic prison.

Since its world premiere in Rome in 1816 «Il barbiere di Siviglia» («The Barber of Seville») – possibly the funniest and swiftest opera by the master of belcanto Gioachino Rossini – has been a fixture on opera programmes around the world. The opera is based on the first part of a trilogy of comedies by the French dramatist Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, centred around the spirited barber Figaro, whose humour and rebellious nature threatens to destablise the social order of the ancien régime – particularly in the second part which was set to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as «Le nozze di Figaro». The Russian film, theatre and opera director Kirill Serebrennikov has transposed the story to the rapid and image saturated world of social media – before he was placed under house arrest by the Russian authorities in August 2017 for being a politically inconvenient artist.

The British conductor and Rossini specialist David Parry, a regular guest at Theater Basel at the end of the 1990s, returns to Basel with «Il barbiere di Siviglia». Also returning to Basel is the Russian soprano Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, who previously caused a sensation at Theater Basel in the title role of Rossini’s opera «La Cenerentola».

Alongside Gioachino Rossini’s «Il barbiere di Siviglia» and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s «Le nozze di Figaro» the third part of the Beaumarchais trilogy, «La mère coupable» («The Guilty Mother») in the setting by French composer Darius Milhaud, is also included in Theater Basel’s programme in the form of an «Opera at the Piano».


 A production by the Komische Oper Berlin, remounted for Theater Basel

Preisstufe 10 (von 30.– bis 135.–)

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