Il barbiere di Siviglia

Gioachino Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia


Florence, Teatro del Maggio Musicale, 23 October 2020

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Damiano Michieletto’s youthful Barbiere returns to Florence

When in 1816 an opera was announced, based on the same subject of Giovanni Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, many regarded it as an act of arrogance and outrageous pride against the most revered composer of the time. The tactic of giving it a different title was little use: when on 20th February the stage of the Teatro di Torre Argentina saw the debut of Almaviva, o sia L’inutile precauzione (Almaviva, or The Useless Precaution), the performance was the target of stormy protests by supporters of the old master. Nevertheless, the second performance was a success and the following ones triumphant, a triumph lasting until today, making Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia the opera buffa par excellence and one of the most beloved by the public…

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