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Il Barbiere di Siviglia
12 > 24 September 2017
Opéra des Nations

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini.
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). First performed on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

As part of the Figaro's Trilogy
New production in coproduction with the Welsh National Opera

Sung in Italian with English and French surtitles
Duration: approx. 3:00 (with one intermission)

Le barbier de Séville by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais met with incredible success throughout Europe. In the late 18th century, Giovanni Paisiello used it to write an opera, which was performed first in Saint Petersburg and then in Vienna. Paisiello’s work most likely inspired Mozart to write the Nozze di Figaro. In 1815, Gioachino Rossini signed a contract to write an opera based on this same play. The premiere was a failure because Paisiello and his followers did their best to cause the audience to dislike Rossini’s work. Soon to be performed abroad (first in London), the Nozze di Figaro became a roaring success. It has remained to this date one of the world’s most performed operas. 

"Be sure to write more Barbers !"
Ludwig van Beethoven to Gioachino Rossini, according to Richard Wagner’s memories.

Musical Director Jonathan Nott
Stage Director Sam Brown
Stage Director Assistant Julien Chavaz
Scenography Ralph Koltaï
Costumes Designer Sue Blane
Lighting DesignerLinus Fellbom 
Choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple
Il Conte di AlmavivaBogdan Mihai 
FigaroBruno Taddia 
RosinaLena Belkina 
BartoloBruno de Simone 
BasilioMarco Spotti 
BertaMary Feminear*
FiorelloRodrigo Garcia
Un UfficialeAleksandar Chaveev
AmbrogioPeter Baekeun Cho
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  
*Member of The Young Artists in Residence Troupe  

Conference about the Trilogie de Figaro

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Sep 2017
Tuesday 12 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 16 |  7:30 pm
Wednesday 20 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 24 |  3 pm