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07 September 2017 (Thu), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Stars of the Stars  ! PREMIERE ! Opera Gioacchino Rossini "The Barber of Seville" comic opera in two acts

Running time: 3 hours 10 minutes approx.

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Gioacchino Rossini "The Barber of Seville" comic opera in two acts 2017/2018

Conductor: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Bass: Paata Burchuladze

Composer: Gioacchino Rossini

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mikhailovsky Opera

Opera in 2 act

Performed in Italian with synchronised Russian supertitles

Premiere of this production: 7 September 2017, Mikhailovsky theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Gioachino Rossini’s famous opera, which has been a long-standing fixture in the Mikhailovsky’s repertoire, is returning to the stage after a leave of absence. A new, original take on the production will be overseen by Eric Vigié, director of the Opéra de Lausanne in Switzerland. The familiar cast will remain in Seville, but in a slightly more modern setting. Rosina is into flamenco and dreams of making it big in show business; Bartolo is desperate to kick back against his advancing years and blindly follows fashion trends; Almaviva is, in a nutshell, madly in love; and Figaro... Well, nothing’s too difficult for Figaro! The opera is full of action, comedy, and of course, the obligatory finale which unites the two lovers, although the wedding cake might just come with a little extra surprise.

Dashing Count Almaviva has lost his heart to the spunky Rosina, whose doddering guardian is determined to marry her himself. It’s Figaro to the rescue, as the resourceful barber conjures up wacky schemes and strategies to unite the young lovers. A topnotch cast sails through the score’s bel canto glories, thrilling the audience as characters that are just as vivid today as when they first took the stage. Rossini’s razor-sharp musical wit glints through every scene of this delicious comedy, one of the most playful and popular in the entire operatic repertoire.


Libretto by Cesare Sterbini after the comedy by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais 


Musical Director of the production: Mikhail Tatarnikov 

Stage Director, Costume Designer: Éric Vigié 

Stage Designer: Emmanuelle Favre

Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin

Assistant to Conductor: Philipp Selivanov

Assistant to Costume Designer: Alexandra Leonidova 

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chorus: Vladimir Stolpovskikh


Scene 1
A street in Seville. Count Almaviva is singing a serenade at the house of Doctor Bartolo. Barber Figaro — a local musician and merry fellow — appears. Almaviva learns from Figaro that Rosina isn’t Doctor’s Bartolo’s real daughter. She is his foster daughter and he is going to marry her. Almaviva asks Figaro to help him to get into the house. Figaro ad vises Almaviva to disguise himself as a soldier who came to the elector to quarter.

Scene 2
Doctor Bartolo’s drawing room. Rosina is in love with a young man Lindor — as Almaviva introduced himself—and she is writing a love letter. Don Basilio — Rosina’s teacher of music — comes. Doctor Bartolo asks his advice: how to win Rosina’s favour. Don Basilio warns Bartolo: Count Almaviva is in town and in love with Rosina. He advise Bartolo to resort to slander. In his opinion slander is the only weapon in a fight with the rival.
Bartolo willingly accepts his plan and takes him away to discuss how to put the plan into action. Figaro appears. Rosina asks him to give her letter to Lindor -Almaviva. Suddenly a drunken soldier enters the house and demands a room for quartering. On hearing the noise the guards rush into the house.
At Bartolo’s and Basilio’s request the commander of the guards wants to arrest the drunken soldier, but on checking his papers he bows respectfully. Everybody is amazed. Nobody understands what is happening.

Scene 3
Almaviva comes into Bartolo’s house again. This time he disguises himself as a music teacher sent to substitute Basilio who is allegedly ill. At the lesson of music Lindor - Almaviva declares his love to Rosina. Basilio appears. Almaviva slips a purse into Basilio’s hand to make him go away. The lesson goes on. Bartolo, who notices the young people declare their love to each other, understands that he was made a fool. Bartolo turns everybody out of the house.

Scene 4
A heavy storm overtakes Bartolo. At this time Almaviva and Figaro get into his house. Count Almaviva wants to take Rosina away. However, Bartolo persuades the girl that Lindor is a deceiver, Rosina breaks her word to be his wife. Then Almaviva reveals his real name.
Basilio, commissioned by Bartolo, brings a notary to contract a marriage between the doctor and Rosina. Taking advantage of Bartolo’s absence, Almaviva bribes Basilio and makes him sign the marriage contract made by the notary. Bartolo rushes in, but he has no choice but to consent to their marriage.

Schedule for Gioacchino Rossini "The Barber of Seville" comic opera in two acts 2017/2018

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