Gioacchino Rossini



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an opera in 2 acts
Music Director and Conductor Julius Geniušas
Conductor Alexis Soriano (Spain)
Director Emilio Sagi (Spain)
Stage Director and Choreographer Nuria Castejon (Spain)
Set Designer Llorenç Corbella (Spain)
Costune Designer Pepa Ojanguren (Spain)
Light Designer Eric Watkins (USA) after Gary Marder (USA)

Premiere 11 April, 2014

Co-production between San Francisco Opera and LNOBT 

Gioachino Rossini, the “sparkling, spontaneous, capricious, languid, ironic, sarcastic, sharp-eyed mind” (he was described in this way by Franz Liszt), just as any other genius, was the innovator of his era that broke down many of the clichés of traditional Italiana opera buffa, filling it with mesmerizing charm of everyday life and authentic expression; he also made the mythological or historical opera seria to appear on the threshold of heroic romantic opera. Overall, he could take any form of opera and turn it into his own with the help of his unique creative talent. The so-called rossinian style was dominating the Italian opera for the entire first half of the 19th century. Rossini was a fast worker: he wrote 38 operas during 19 years dedicated to this genre. His most famous work, The Barber of Seville, was created in less than three weeks! Gaetano Donizetti, who was known for working even faster, noted: “I'm not surprised... He's such a lazy man!“ And these words carry a certain amount of truth: Rossini's life was a refutation of the traditional image of a hungry, tormented artist – he lived hand in hand with glory, acceptance, gourmand savouring of all pleasures that life had to offer. 

The current version of “Il barbiere di Siviglia” premiered at the San Francisco opera in November of 2013. Local press defined the new work as sharp-witted, elegant and charming. The main item of the stage designs is a white villa with “embroideries”, playing beautifully with the rays of the sun or lightning. Costumes are a nice accentuation of the Spanish culture, including ruffled dresses and stylized uniforms for men, while the choreography mirrors gestures that come straight from the flamenco isle. LNOBT’s repertoire already contains another elegant and stylish production directed by E. Sagi, W. A. Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”. This time the director is also promising a great celebration to all theatregoers who wish to see some tasteful humour and have a lovely time.