The Barber of Seville: the great opera in the Tuscany summer.

Posted By: anoush on July, 17 2008 in About Italy, Art, Cinema and Theatres, Music
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Gioachino RossiniInnovation and search, style and prestige on the new calendar of the OperaFestival 2008 season. Among these events we have to remark the presence of the Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa “The Barber of Seville“, that will be presented both in the charming atmosphere of the medicean villa of Cafaggiolo (near Barberino di Mugello) on Friday 18th of July and in the Boboli Gardens in Florence on Wednesday 30th of July.

The theme of Rossini’s opera is based on the first of the plays from the Figaro trilogy, by French playwright Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, while Mozart’s opera “Le nozze di Figaro” – composed 30 years earlier, in 1786 – is based on the second part of the same trilogy.
Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” was produced on February 20th, 1816 at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. The libretto by Cesare Sterbini was the same as used by Giovanni Paisiello in his own “Barbiere” in 1782, an opera which had enjoyed European popularity for more than a quarter of a century.
When the opera was played for the first time with the title “Almaviva, or The Useless Precaution“, it was a big failure: Paisiello admirers were extremely indignant and they disturbed the performance by whistling and shouting during the entire first act. However, not long after the second representation, the opera became so successful that the fame of Paisiello’s opera was transferred to Rossini’s.
Six charachters are involved in a thwarted love story with a series of misadventures, grotesque and comics scenes, everything dipped in a famous ditty.

This is the program:
Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo – Friday 18th of July (9 pm)
Giardini di Boboli (Boboli Gardens) – Wednesday 30th of July (9 pm)
For more detailed information we suggest to visit the official web-site: http://www.festivalopera.it/incms/opencms/operafestival/

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