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19 July 2023 (Wed), 19:00 Moscow theatre "New Opera" - Opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia - G.Rossini

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (till 21:50)

Schedule for Il Barbiere di Siviglia - G.Rossini 2022

Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
Music Director: Eri Klas
Choirmaster producer: Yulia Senyukova

Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the "New Opera" Theatre

Opera in 2 acts

Performed in Italian The performance will have synchronised Russian and supertitles

Music Director and Conductor Eri Klas
Stage Director Elijah Moshinsky
Set and Costume Designer Anne Tilby
Lighting Designer Sergey Skornetsky

Choirmaster Yulia Senyukova

Rossini’s operatic masterpiece The Barber of Seville has been staged all over the world, and even children recognize Figaro’s famous aria, while “Figaro qua, Figaro la” and “La calunnia e un venticello” have become bywords.
The witty Rossini, being not only an outstanding composer but also a brilliant cook, developed the recipe for the opera’s incessant, astounding success. Here it is: take seven bright characters and an intoxicating love intrigue, spice the mixture with humorous dialogues, dress with wonderful melodies and sprinkle virtuosic ensembles on top. Rossini’s masterpiece has been cooked by the Novaya Opera’s Chef, Maestro Eri Klas, accomplished English stage director Elijah Moshinsky and topnotch English designer Anne Tilby, specially invited for the occasion.

Moshinsky has set "The Barber" in what he calls "a vague 1920s." "I wanted to find a naive time," he said, "<…> My setting isn't real, of course, but the characters have to be real."
<…> "Every word has to be known and felt, and the recitatives have to sparkle." To that end, his work with the cast at Novaya Opera began with the text. "That is how we always start in England," he said.
<…> "From what I've seen of opera here," he said, "there is a tendency to overdemonstrate, to try very hard to express. I believe I've gotten my singers to lighten up and given them a bit of English style." In order to maintain that style, Moshinsky has trained them to say to themselves "Life is good" before making an entrance on stage.
<…>"You have to learn to connect with the music," he said, "and then to direct with it, which is a completely different technique from what is used in spoken drama. The first thing I do is to analyze the text and the music and try to find their inner structure and inner meaning. In communicating that, I want the audience to be filled with a joy that comes from the music. At the same time, I don't want them to be aware of the director. His hand should remain invisible."

The Moscow Times/ October 31, 2008



First scene

Following a beautiful unknown girl, whom he accidentally had met in Madrid, the Count Almaviva arrived in Seville under a name of Lindoro. His servant Fiorello managed to find out the girl’s address. To entice Rosina from the house the Count sings her a serenade at night, but all his efforts are in vain… The Count pays off musicians.

The barber Figaro recently moved in Siviglia, enjoying wide popularity here. By chance he is brought together with his former master – Almaviva. Fortunately to the Barber the Count, as it turned out, is in love with Dr. Bartolo’s ward – Rosina, and in this situation a person who can enter Doctor’s house may be extremely useful!

Meanwhile Bartolo is away for a short while. A new serenade by “Lindoro” turns out to be more successful than the first one. The Count demands from Figaro to bring him in to Bartolo’s house. To this the Barber suggests him to pretend to be a drunken soldier. After that he gives a long and confused explanation about his address in Seville, but without success, as it seems. Sums, promised by the Count for his service, makes Figaro to give himself up to rosy dreams…  

Second scene

Rosina is ready to run away with a splendid “Lindoro”, but how to do that? To write a letter! Figaro, as usual, comes to offer his services to Rosina, but she has no time to say a word about the letter as he disappears, hearing Doctor’s steps.

Bartolo suspects that Figaro has come on purpose. He has heard that his ward is noticed by the Count Almaviva and intends without delay to make Rosina his wife tonight. A patient, that has come to him, a military musician Don Basilio, works up a strategy of the battle: first, to defame an enemy spitefully, second, immediately to make a marriage contract between Rosina and Bartolo. Their conversation is overheard by Figaro: the girl should hurry up, if she does not like to marry her guardian! Rosina gives the letter to the Barber, but Dr Bartolo is already here and sets a trap to her, trying to catch her. The Count disguised as a drunken soldier bursts into the house and tries to hand a letter to Rosina. A fight begins between the Count and Bartolo. A noise draws attention of a military patrol. After hearing to confused explanations from all who are present, the Officer takes a decision to arrest the “soldier”. After a short talk with a perspective prisoner tкte­a­tкte, he changes his decision. Nobody understands anything.


First scene

The Count again penetrates Bartolo’s house under a new mask to find a way to Rosina’s heart. Disguised as Don Alonso, a faithful pupil of supposedly ill Don Basilio, he gives the girl a singing lesson. Rosina performs an aria from a popular opera “La Fille mal gardйe”. Old Bartolo does not approve of modern music.

Figaro comes to shave the Doctor so that the lovers could talk without trouble. Suddenly Don Basilio comes… A sum of money helps to diagnose scarlatina with him and to suggest an idea to him to return home and receive medical treatment. Rosina is going to escape with Almaviva at midnight, but Bartolo again suspects of something and casts reproaches upon her. The servant Berta, who has got tired of strange quarrels and shouts, dreams about love…  

Second scene

Dr. Bartolo and Don Basilio work up a plot: it’s necessary to convince Rosina, that Lindoro has another lover and he is an agent sent to kidnap the girl for the Count Almaviva. Rosina agrees to the immediate marriage to Bartolo. At midnight sharp the Count appears, but Rosina meets her “Lindoro” not the way that he has expected. To become reconciled with the girl Almaviva is forced to reveal his real name. The time for escape is missed; Basilio, the Notary and then Bartolo appear. Rosina’s kidnapping is cancelled. The Count has at once to marry lawfully in presence of all witnesses.

Schedule for Il Barbiere di Siviglia - G.Rossini 2022

G.Rossini "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" (Opera buffa in two acts) - Novaya Opera
About This Video
Rossini’s operatic masterpiece The Barber of Seville has been staged all over the world, and even children recognize Figaro’s famous aria, while “Figaro qua, Figaro la” and “La calunnia e un venticello” have become bywords.

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