Il barbiere di Siviglia

Il barbiere di Siviglia (Barber of Seville) is one of the most famous works of Gioacchin Rossini. Although it took the composer only three weeks to write it, it turned out to be one of the top achievements in the opera buff genre. Glowing from original musical ideas, the composition abounds in intricate arias and funny dialogues.  The perfection of musical solutions is enhanced by the excellent libretto, which Cesare Sterbini composed based on the art of Pierre Beaumarchais.

About the performance

Today, not everyone remembers that the premiere of Rossini’s famous opera took place under the title Almaviva, ossia L’inutile precauzione (Almaviva or Excessive Caution). Changing the original title was one of the many efforts to unite the Roman audience. It was expected that the use by young Rossini of the text, on the canvas of which the widely respected Giovanni Paisiello had previously composed his own opera, can arouse negative emotions. And actually. The master’s consent and the explanation attached to the program did nothing. All attempts to alleviate the situation proved futile, and the premiere, which took place at the Teatro Argentina in Rome on February 20, 1816, ended in failure.

However, the audience received the second performance with due recognition. Soon, the opera gained fame not only in Italy, but also around the world. Adopting the title, which is identical with the literary prototype, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia entertains and delights even today.

PLACE & creators

Teatr Królewski, Warsaw

PREMieRE: 20 December 2019
DIRECTOR Jitka Stokalska
SCENOGRAPHY Marlena Skoneczko
LIGHT DIRECTOR Karolina Gębska
SCENIC MOTION Alisa Makarenko

CAST Leszek Świdziński, Witold Żołądkiewicz, Iwona Handzlik, Andrzej Klimczak, Tomasz Raff, Justyna Stępień, Paweł Michalczuk, Jakub A. Grabowski, Sławomir Jurczak, Wojciech Pałęcki, Marta Schnura, Maria Złotek, Mirosław Zalewski, Maciej Gronek, Rafał Karnicki, Jerzy Klonowski, Maciej Jan Kraśniewski


 ISee the Making Of !

Watch the official MAKING OF ”Il barbere di Siviglia” Gioacchino Rossini for Teatr Królewski, Old Orangerie, Warsaw. It’s available on YouTube of Polska Opera Królewska.