Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is not only one of the most brilliant comic operas ever composed, but also one of the most popular ones – enjoy Rossini’s opera at the Latvian National Opera.
Count Almaviva enlists the help of the witty barber Figaro to come up with and ingenious plan to meet Rosina, the girl he loves. Doctor Bartolo, Rosina’s ward, keeps her confined in his house, and Almaviva and Figaro have to overcome many obstacles until the Count wins his beloved.
Director of the perfomance Aik Karapetian: “There is no doubt that Rossini’s Barber of Seville is a great challenge for any director, especially, as it is the case with me, if it is a director’s first encounter with the art form of opera. The Barber is not only one of the most performed of Rossini’s works, it is one of the most popular operas ever, so most people know this piece and probably even have an idea of how it should be done. I tried to find some new angle, something about it that had never been explored before — all the time being fully aware of the fact that comedy is one of the trickiest and most difficult genres in terms of directing.
My decision was to turn the Barber’s humor into something darker and more cynical. That is why I chose the French Revolution as a background for telling the story.”
Count Almaviva: Tansel Akzeybek, Viesturs Jansons, Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani
Rosina: Inga Šļubovska, Evija Martinsone
Figaro: Jānis Apeinis, Andrei Jilichovski
Doctor Bartolo: Piotr Micinski, Krišjānis Norvelis
Don Basilio: Romāns Poļisadovs, Rihards Mačanovskis
Berta: Ilona Bagele
Fiorello: Imants Erdmans, Juris Ādamsons
The Officer: Nauris Puntulis