Undoubtedly the most famous opera buffa in the history of music and an eternal source of delight, Rossini’s remarkable opera was composed in only a few weeks. Although the premiere, performed on February 10, 1816 in Rome was a resounding flop, the opera was quickly revived on February 22, when “The Barber” received rapturous applause.
This production signed by Mario Martone and directed by Daniele Gatti opened the 2020/2021 season of the Rome Opera in close collaboration with the Costanzi Theater. Martone did not only carry out the theatrical direction, but also took care of the television direction of this production, which transformed the Costanzi Theater into a real set: in compliance with the rules for the health emergency during the pandemic, the show had to be recorded behind closed doors, which allowed the director to play with the whole theater. The seats become the stage and the spectator is in for an immersive experience.
This production won the Abbiati Prize for the best show staged in 2020.
Costumes by Anna Biagiotti and lights by Pasquale Mari. The protagonists on stage were the baritone Andrzej Filonczyk in the title role, the tenor Ruzil Gatin in the role of Count d’Almaviva, the mezzo-soprano Vasilisa Berzhanskaya as Rosina, the bass-baritone Alessandro Corbelli as Don Bartolo and the bass Alex Esposito as Don Basilio. Patrizia Biccirè (Berta) and Roberto Lorenzi (Fiorello) completed the cast.
Conductor Daniele Gatti
CastRuzil Gatin | Vasilisa Berzhanskaya | Alessandro Corbelli | Andrzej Filończyk | Alex Esposito | Patrizia Biccirè | Roberto Lorenzi | Paolo Musio
Number of actsOpera in two acts
Total running time2h36
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