The barber of Sevilla

Rossini's smile on the stage of the Teatro Regio in Turin


Teatro Regio, Thursday, November 7th 2013 at 20:00


After paying homage to Giuseppe Verdi, celebrating his second centenary of the birth, we give space to another great protagonist of the history of opera: Gioachino Rossini. From the political and sociological atmospheres seen in Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto and La traviata, we are going to be taken to the bright and solace Mediterranean with Il barbiere di Siviglia with seven performances from 7th to 17th November.
On Thursday 7th November at 20:00 this opera by Rossini will be premiered on stage in settings created in 2000 by the Scenography Laboratory of the Teatro Regio, one of the highest quality of Italian settings. They have recreated with painted canvas and wooden plants, the ‘azulejos’ from Andalusia, the traditional blue and white ceramics of Seville. Vittorio Borrelli is the opera director; Luisa Spinatelli designed the setting and costumes, while the lights are by Andrea Anfossi.
Gioachino Rossini composed The Barber of Seville at age of 24, leaving an indelible mark in the field of comic opera. And it is the freshness and exuberance, typical of youth that flood the score of the composer. Alessandro de Marchi is back on the podium of the Teatro Regio directing the Orchestra. He is a leading expert on Baroque music and a keen interpreter of Rossini, whose operas he has conducted many times throughout his career. His performance will be a perfect balance between originality and tradition, aimed to create an aesthetic context, which the M° De Marchi knows well after having attended for years the European musical heritage of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Maestro Claudio Fenoglio leads the Chorus of the Teatro Regio.
The cast includes great singers who have shown their excellence in superb Rossini repertoire. The Count Almaviva is the tenor Antonino Siragusa, Don Bartolo is interpreted, with the usual comic verve, by Paolo Bordogna, the mezzo-soprano Laura Polverelli interprets, with a touch of naivety and malice, Rosina. The famous Figaro is, in this production, the baritone Vito Priante, who is a fine interpreter of Mozart, who has already proven to interpret Rossini to perfection. The bass Nicola Ulivieri plays the role of the exhilarating Basilio, Rosina's music teacher, as well as Rossini’s alter-ego. Rounding out the cast Ryan Milstead (Fiorello), Giovanna Donadini (Berta), Antonio Sarasso (Ambrogio) and Franco Rizzo (an officer, alternating with Riccardo Mattiotto). In the performances of 9, 12 and 16th November, the protagonists of this masterpiece will be Francesco Marsiglia (the Count Almaviva), Marco Filippo Romano (Don Bartolo), Chiara Amarù (Rosina), Domenico Balzani (Figaro) and Abramo Rosalen (Don Basilio).
The premiere will be broadcast live by Rai-Radio3 on Thursday, 7th November at 20:00. The Barber of Seville will be presented to the public by Paolo Gallarati at the “Incontro con l'Opera” taking place at the Piccolo Regio Puccini on Wednesday 6th November at 17:30.
As usual you will be able to “go” backstage and discover trivia facts about interpreters and the settings following the “Pills of Passion” by Paola Giunti on our website:

Teatro Regio Box Office: Piazza Castello 215 - Tel: 011.8815.241/242. Email: - Info: tel. 011.8815.557

Turin 25th October, 2013