Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Date:2019-02-18      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Opera House

Dates: February 20-24, 2019


Il Barbiere di Siviglia is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). It is said that Rossini wrote the opera in only two weeks.

Since its premiere at the Teatro Argentina, Rome, in 1816, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces, and still holds the spotlight across major opera houses worldwide. Ludwig van Beethoven once noted that it would be played as long as Italian opera existed, and Giuseppe Verdi in 1898 remarked Rossini's accomplishment in a letter, "For abundance of ideas, comic verve, and truth of declamation, Il Barbiere di Siviglia is the most beautiful opera buffa in existence." It has found favour with many maestros, such as Luciano Pavarotti and Leo Nucci, just to name a few.

Rossini is well known for being so remarkably productive, and good at portraying characters and digging for humanity's origins. His talents are on full displayed in this opera. The world is obsessed with its music, which combines sparkling wits with the brilliance of humanity and intertwines lively melodies with complex tempo fluctuations. According to Schopenhauer, it was only when he heard the music of this opera that he really understood the power of music. Many beautiful arias of the opera have made a lasting impression in the minds of the audience. Figaro's aria, Largo Al Factotum, with a good sense of rhythm and real power, has become one of the most familiar melodies to the audience.

Conductor: Rico Saccani
Stage Director: Pier Francesco Maestrini
Set Designer: ZHANG Wu
Costume Designer: Nick Vaughan
Lighting Designer: David Howe
Revival Director: Alessandra Panzavolta

Figaro (Baritone): Mario Cassi/ZHOU Zhengzhong
Rosina (Mezzo-soprano): Cecilia Molinari/WANG Hongyao
Count Almaviva (Tenor): Xabier Anduaga/YANG Zhuolun
Bartolo (Bass): Paolo Bordogna/Enrico Maria Marabelli
Basilio (Bass): GUANZhijing/RAN Xiaoyu
Berta (Soprano): LI Xintong
Fiorello (Baritone): SHANG Chunlai


The story is set in Seville, Spain in the 17th century. Young Count Almaviva falls in love with Rosina, a rich and beautiful girl. Nonetheless, the greedy Doctor Bartolo, Rosina's guardian, intends to marry her himself. Knowing nothing about what to do next, Almaviva turns to Figaro, the barber in the city, for help, who loves meddling in another man's business. Bartolo tries every means to stand in the way, together with the music teacher Basilio's assistance, but all in vain by Figaro's variety of excellent schemes. The story culminates in the marriage of the Count Almaviva and Rosina after a series of funny farces.


Rico Saccani

Pier Francesco Maestrini

Set Designer

Nick Vaughan
Costume Designer

David Howe
Lighting Designer

Alessandra Panzavolta
Choreographer/Revival Director


Mario Cassi
as Figaro (Feb. 20/22/24)

ZHOU Zhengzhong
as Figaro (Feb. 21/23)

Cecilia Molinari
as Rosina (Feb. 20/22/24)

WANG Hongyao
as Rosina (Feb. 21/23)

Xabier Anduaga
as Count Almaviva (Feb. 20/22/24)

YANG Zhuolun
as Count Almaviva (Feb. 21/23)

Paolo Bordogna
as Bartolo (Feb. 20/22/24)

Enrico Maria Marabelli
as Bartolo (Feb. 21/23)

GUAN Zhijing
as Basilio (Feb. 20/22/24)

RAN Xiaoyu
as Basilio (Feb. 21/23)

LI Xintong
as Berta (All dates)

SHANG Chunlai
as Fiorello


China NCPA Orchestra

China NCPA Chorus