Appointment to the Opera House: The Barber of Seville

After the summer break, the Opera and Ballet Season resumes, from September 28 to October 7, with one of the most popular and beloved masterpieces: The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini who returns to the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari after 12 years. The elegant and original set-up of the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari of August 2001 is again proposed, signed for director, sets, costumes and lights by Denis Krief, a Franco-Tunisian director.

He interprets The Barber of Seville as a sophisticated comedy, set in a minimalist-chic loft, in the current era. The musical direction is entrusted to Gérard Korsten who returns to the Cagliari stage after “La Traviata” and “Un ballo in maschera” of the last two summers.  The historical events of The Barber of Seville, represented for the first time in Rome, at the Teatro Argentina, on February 20, 1816, can be considered epic. Both the libretto and the music were written quickly to maintain the commitment that the twenty-three Rossini took in the autumn of 1815 in that same theater. When the author signed the contract, the subject of the opera had not been chosen either. The short time available was perhaps one of the reasons why the comedy of Beaumarchais was chosen, a subject already tested and loved by the public. The opera of Beaumarchais, in fact, had already been put into music another six times, but no version had reached the popularity of that of Giovanni Paisiello. In order not to irritate the admirers, Rossini staged his work with the title Almaviva or the “Unnecessary precaution”.

Divided into two acts, the work tells the vicissitudes and the disguises of Count D’Almaviva who, fell in love with the beautiful Rosina, will try to pry she from the greedy hands of the elderly tutor Bartolo, in turn secretly intending to marry her. The Count will be helped by the Barber Figaro, philosopher and jester, who knows how to use equally good guitar and razor.

The Hotel Baia di Nora advises you not to miss the vision of this traditional show.


Photos of Priamo Tolu


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