Il barbiere di Siviglia was first performed at the Teatro Argentina in Rome on February 20, 1816. This edition will thus celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of one of the most loved and famous operas ever written, and, at the same time, include in the series a genre that it has never dealt with before: opera buffa.
The visual journey directed by Elvio Annese and Roberto San Pietro follows Rossini from Naples to Rome in the critical years of his musical career.
After two centuries, it might be thought that every detail of such a masterpiece would be well known, yet the most obvious points are questioned by new research experience. It is indisputable that the myth of Figaro is primarily related to Rossini’s opera and the famous aria “Largo al factotum.” But the sources and the score leave no doubt that for all those involved in the production of 1816 in Rome, the real star was Count Almaviva. This and other little-known matters are fully clarified in the Vox Imago edition of 2016. This year the project again includes an educational section, by Carlo Delfrati.
Vox Imago’s editorial project, which normally deals with operas performed at La Scala, this year welcomes a production by the Teatro Regio in Turin, thus extending its collaboration to other major Italian theatres that have historically contributed to the diffusion of the finest quality music. The production of the Teatro Regio is directed by Vittorio Borrelli, and conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti.
Visual Journey by
Elvio Annese and Roberto San Pietro
Conductor Giampaolo Bisanti
Director Vittorio Borrelli
Teatro Regio Torino
Mario Marcarini: Interviews
Gossip and “legends” about February 20 1816 première
Essays by: Paolo Fabbri, Saverio Lamacchia, Mario Marcarini, Daniele Carnini, Anna Torterolo, Paola Rapelli, Stefano Zuffi, Simona Bartolena
At his command nothing is there: the adventures of Figaro, the barber of Münchhausen
“The Best Comic Opera ever Composed”
Figaro VS Don Bartolo: a Chirurgeon opposed to a Real Doctor
Le barbier de Séville ou La précaution inutile
The Barber of Seville or The Useless Precaution
Il barbiere di Siviglia ossia La cautela inutile
Synopsis and Libretto
Photos: Ramella&Giannese © Teatro Regio Torino