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27 December 2021 (Mon), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Opera Gioacchino Rossini "The Barber of Seville" comic opera in two acts

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (till 21:50)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Gioacchino Rossini "The Barber of Seville" comic opera in two acts 2022

Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
Set Designer: Emmanuelle Favre
Artistic Director: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Musical Director: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Principal Chorus Master: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Staging: Eric Vigie
Costume Designer: Alexandra Leonidova

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


Act I 
Scene 1 
A square in Seville early in the morning. In front of Dr Bartolo’s house Count Almaviva and a group of musicians are serenading the Count’s beloved Rosina. Rosina, however, does not appear – she is under the strict supervision of her guardian who himself dreams of marrying his ward and taking possession of her dowry. The barber Figaro appears, an old acquaintance of the Count. On discovering that Almaviva is in love with Rosina, the barber resolves to offer his assistance – after all, Figaro is a welcome guest at Bartolo’s house where he is a barber, doctor and even a botanist. Rosina finally succeeds in throwing a note to the Count from her balcony. Almaviva does not wish to reveal his noble standing, and Figaro advises him to claim he is a student called Lindoro. He then suggests the Count pretend to be a drunken soldier and demand lodgings in Bartolo’s house.

Scene 2 
A room in Bartolo’s house. Rosina is dreaming of Lindoro. Don Basilio, who is teaching Rosina a song, on discovering the fervent emotions of Count Almaviva resolves to warn Dr Bartolo and advises him to slander his rival in front of Rosina and society at large. The appearance of a drunken soldier (Almaviva in disguise) enrages Bartolo. The doctor sees that the “soldier” is trying to pass a note to Rosina. Chaos ensues and soldiers rush in to restore order, but when the Count quietly mentions his name to the officer, the latter respectfully welcomes him among the general amazement.

Act II 
Scene 1 
Bartolo is sitting in his study. A young man appears and says his name is Don Alonso – he has come to give a music lesson to Rosina instead of Basilio who has fallen ill. Once again it is the Count in disguise. Rosina settles down to study with greater enthusiasm than usual. At the same time the “sham patient” arrives and Figaro again comes to assist – he gives Don Basilio a terrible diagnosis – “scarlatina!” and convinces him to return home and go to bed immediately. During the music lesson Bartolo begins to have his suspicions, before he finally discovers the truth and kicks everyone out. Berta the housekeeper talks of her master’s foolish love.

Scene 2 
Bartolo, wishing to hasten on the marriage, sends for a notary. Rosina, whom he has convinced of Lindoro’s deceitfulness, has agreed to marry her guardian. Figaro appears unexpectedly with the Count, who now reveals his true identity. Rosina is thrilled and the lovers decide to elope. But their plans are almost thwarted by the appearance of Don Basilio with the notary, who has come to conclude the marriage contract between Bartolo and Rosina, but the doctor is not at home. Taking advantage of the circumstances, Count Almaviva bribes Basilio, and he agrees to be a witness to the marriage contract concluded by Count Almaviva and Rosina. The appearance of the reprobate Bartolo comes too late to spoil the lovers’ happiness. Moreover, the old man takes comfort in the fact that Almaviva refuses to accept Rosina’s dowry.

Schedule for Gioacchino Rossini "The Barber of Seville" comic opera in two acts 2022

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