Dr Takt is our man behind the score. He is very familiar with the work and reveals to us its special moments. This time:

Dr Takt on Rossini's “Il barbiere di Siviglia” / Overture measure 95

This is the 13th episode in our series of videos with Dr Takt

The accusation of a (albeit brilliant) polished superficiality applies to no element of Rossini's design vocabulary as much as to his meticulously written trills, grace notes and swift passages. Yet these are far more than arbitrary ornamentation, but rather part of a subtly designed tempo structure. Take, for example, measure 95 of the Overture from BARBIERE.

It concludes the first phase of the string theme with a suspended note into the melody, when the G sharp gives way to the A, the fifth of D major. At the same time the first violins play around the D with a brief sixteenth figure. They thus make only a meagre contribution to the musical substance of the melody, but are integral to the rhythmic substance: the harmonious internal tension is set in motion, the motor activity of the sixteenth accelerates – and simultaneously drives the music forward.

Dr. Takt's comments to IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
 

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06
DEC

Today in the foyer: "St. Nicholas is coming
17.00 h / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission


The visit of Father Christmas is a cherished tradition at the Advent Calendar of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This time we encourage our younger guests to get active themselves and share with us their favourite experiences from the past year. While enchanting music plays and Father Christmas is sure to have a sweet or two in his luggage, we invite you to take part in a small interactive activity. This year, our Father Christmas will be accompanied by the young Italian soprano Elisa Verzier.

In 2016 she made her debut at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste in Mendelssohn's EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM and as Serpina in Paisiello's LA SERVA PADRONA. Her church music repertoire includes Mozart's "Coronation Mass", Handel's "Messiah", John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" and several pieces by Pergolesi, Schubert and Bach. Elisa Verzier has won numerous competitions. Her next engagements include Norina / DON PASQUALE in Trieste and La Contessa / LA SCUOLA DEI GELOSI in Turin. In the 2022/23 season she is engaged as a scholarship holder of the Förderkreis in the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she will sing Pamina / DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Marzelline / FIDELIO, Frasquita / CARMEN, Musetta / LA BOHÈME and Zerlina / DON GIOVANNI, among others.