Paisiello’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in Brussels

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (in concert)
As in the work of the same name by Rossini, Paisiello’s opera, written for the court of Catherine II in St. Petersburg, was based on Beaumarchais’ Le Barbier de Séville. The reason for this choice was the success of the play itself in Saint Petersburg. It is apparent from one of his letters that Paisiello received extremely precise instructions from the court : ‘What I should also advise you is to be brief, and use very few recitatives, because people don’t understand the language.’ Although the situation is completely different now, in the early 19th century Paisiello’s opera was a formidable rival to Rossini’s version. In the context of the opera buffa of the time, his opera was a masterpiece : with no complexity of characterisation or tonal style, but inventive and sharp in its development of comical situations packed with amorous entanglements. René Jacobs will quite definitely do full justice to its comic timing.

Co-production Festival van Vlaanderen-Brussel / KlaraFestival, Bozar Music
Co-presentation La Monnaie / De Munt

Music direction ¦ René Jacobs
PERFORMERS ¦ Topi Lehtipuu
Mari Eriksmoen
Bartolo ¦ Pietro Spagnoli
Figaro ¦ Andrè Schuen
Don Basilio ¦ Fulvio Bettini
Orchestra ¦ Freiburger Barockorchester
Members of the Young Artist’s Programme of the Wiener Kammeroper

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (in concert)

Ovvero La Precauzione inutile, dramma giocoso per musica tradotto liberamente dal francese, da rappresentarsi nel Teatro Imperiale del corte, l’anno 1782.
Libretto di Giuseppe Petrosellini
Premiere Hermitage-Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia

Bozar, Center for fine Arts ,
23, rue Ravenstein – 1000 Brussels

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