Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

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Gioachino Rossini

The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

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Rossini’s most popular opera is considered the best comic opera ever. The libretto was written by Cesare Sterbini, following Le Barbier de Seville, the first part of the Figaro trilogy by Beaumarchais. The opera was written in only three weeks (the overture was “borrowed” from Rossini’s less successful opera Aureliano in Palmira). The opening night was a fiasco, thanks to the loud, fidgety audience and a series of accidents on the stage during the performance. The second performance was much better received and the opera was soon staged on all big European stages and became one of the most frequently staged works in the history of opera. It is interesting that the same destiny was shared by the Beaumarchais’s drama, which was rejected at the opening night, but became a hit within one week after the premiere.

Performances:

Tuesday, January 27 2015 at 19,30
Tuesday, January 28 2015 at 19,30
Tuesday, January 30 2015 at 19,30

Libretto Cesare Sterbini based upon Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Translation of the Libretto Jasna Žarić
Conductors Josip Šego, Gianluca Marcianó
Director Krešimir Dolenčić
Set Designer Dinka Jeričević
Costume Designer Ana Gecan Savić
Light Designer Deni Šesnić
Assistant Conductor and Language Instructor Gianluca Marcianó
Quire Conductor Ivan Josip Skender
Choreographer Mateja Pučko-Petković
Assistant Director Jasna Žarić
Assistant Costume Designer Andrea Kuštović

Premiere 12. may 2006.

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