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Generational performance

Il barbiere di Siviglia / Performance cancelled

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
Sun 08.11.2020 - 15:00 h
B-Prices: € 86,– / € 66,– / € 44,– / € 26,– / € 20,–

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Melodramma buffo in two acts
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based on a drama by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Baumarchais
First performed on 20. February, 1816 in Rome
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 29. November, 2009

Recommended from 12 years on

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Dear visitors,

in accordance with decision by the Federal Government to contain the corona pandemic, Deutsche Oper Berlin is cancelling all performances from 2 November to 30 November 2020 inclusive. The following methods are available for ticket refunds*: please contact our box office, open Mon to Sat from 12.00-19.00, or our telephone ticket service on 030 343 84 343, Mon-Sat 9.00-20.00, Sun, holiday 12.00-20.00, or use the refund form available on our website here

In the hope of seeing you again before too long and with best wishes for your health!
Your Deutsche Oper Berlin

*) Patrons who bought tickets via a third-party organisation (e.g. eventim.de) or visitor organisations: please contact this advance booking office directly for a refund.
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In Italian language with German and English surtitles

3 hrs / 1 interval

About the performance

This turbulent tale has an aged curmudgeon intent on marrying his own ward in order to get his hands on her inheritance. He does everything he can to prevent the attractive Rosina from having contact with the outside world - and possible young lovers. Little does he know that Count Almaviva has long since fallen in love with her. By enlisting the help of the engaging, energetic barber Figaro his plan is not only to get the better of the old man and win Rosina over but also to ensure that the young woman loves him for his own sake and not for his title and fortune. No easy task for Figaro, who is pitted against a number of opponents. But in the end love conquers all and the precautions taken in the elaborate venture turns out to have been for nothing.

Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732 – 1799) invented the cunning, scheming barber and made him the central figure in a trilogy of comedies, the first two parts of which – LE BARBIER DE SEVILLE OU LA PRECAUTION INUTILE (1775) and LA FOLLE JOURNEE OU LE MARIAGE DE FIGARO (1778) - are now world famous. The third part of the trilogy, L’AUTRE TARTUFFE OU LA MERE COUPABLE, which appeared in 1792, did not enjoy the success of its predecessors, conceivably due to the chaos of the French Revolution. Although the revolutionary potential of the work is best communicated by Mozart's brilliant score in the second part of the trilogy (DIE HOCHZEIT DES FIGARO,1786), the barber of the first part is likewise possessed of a lack of respect, making him predestined to head the cast of a comic opera. Giovanni Paisiello's music in the 1782 production of BARBIERE brought him wide acclaim and set a high standard for Rossini to follow as the latter went about reworking the material into a new comic opera. 34 years after Paisiello's success Rossini pulled off what remains perhaps the wittiest and peppiest opera buffa in the history of opera.

“It was Rossini through and through, his music at its loveliest in BARBIER VON SEVILLA. Those who despise Italian music and hasten to openly revile it will one day receive their just punishment in hell, perhaps condemned to listen for eternity to Sebastian Bach's fugues.” (Heinrich Heine)