"To sharpen the mind of the most doleful of women and suddenly make her shrewd, all it takes is to lock her away and the deed is done."
- Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Act I, scene 11
“The Barber is one of the century's masterpieces”. These words were written by the very Berlioz who in his youth had denounced not only Rossini, but also the “fanaticism he aroused in the fashionable circles of Paris”. Accordingly, the compliment, “repeated until exhaustion” – the composer's own words – is all the greater. The work was so “brilliant” and “so finely orchestrated” that the “dilettanti of Rome”, enraged by the “slightest unforeseen innovation in melody, harmony, rhythm or instrumentation were ready to kill the young maestro”. Il Barbiere di Siviglia has been performed continually since its turbulent premiere on February 16th 1816.
The composer's opera buffa transcends the spirit of Beaumarchais’ comedy and combines the absurd with a touch of satirical realism in a score where rhythm and virtuosity place the comic effects in an ongoing dramatic narration. As a result, the characters – Rosina in particular – gain a new degree of realism and break with the usual archetypes.
Damiano Michieletto’s giddying production embraces this perpetual motion and carries in its wake the happy couple formed by René Barbera and Karine Deshayes.
Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Conductor: Carlo Montanaro
Chorus master: José Luis Basso
Une coproduction Opéra national de Paris et A Prime Group
Avec la participation de France Télévisions
Avec le soutien de la Fondation Orange, mécène des retransmissions audiovisuelles de l’Opéra national de Paris et le centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée
Réalisateur : François Goetghebeur
This opera is presented with English and French subtitles.
© Opéra national de Paris - A Prime Group - France 2015
Libretto: Cesare Sterbini
Music: Gioacchino Rossini
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Set design: Paolo Fantin
Costume design: Silvia Aymonino
Lighting design: Fabio Barettin
Il Conte d’Almaviva : René Barbera
Bartolo : Carlo Lepore
Rosina : Karine Deshayes
Figaro : Dalibor Jenis
Basilio : Orlin Anastassov
Fiorello : Tiago Matos
Berta : Cornelia Oncioiu
Un Ufficiale : Lucio Prete
Visuel © Bernard Coutant / OnP