Il Barbiere di Siviglia

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Composer:

Giaochino Rossini

Librettist:

Cesare Sterbini

Premiere:

20 February 1816, Rome (Teatro Argentina)

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Il Barbiere di Siviglia Synopsis

Libretto:

Il Barbiere di Siviglia Libretto

Translation(s):

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About the opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia

The Barber of Seville, or The Futile Precaution (Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775), which was originally an opéra comique, or a mixture of spoken play with music. The première (under the title Almaviva, or the Futile Precaution) took place on 20 February 1816, at the Teatro Argentina, Rome. It was one of the earliest Italian operas to be performed in America and premiered at the Park Theater in New York City on 29 November 1825. Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all opere buffe; even after two hundred years, its popularity on the modern opera stage attests to that greatness.
An opera based on the play had previously been composed by Giovanni Paisiello, another was composed in 1796 by Nicolas Isouard and by Francesco Morlacchi in 1807. Though the work of Paisiello triumphed for a time, Rossini's later version alone has stood the test of time and continues to be a mainstay of operatic repertoire.
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Roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Rosina Contralto or Mezzo-Soprano
Doctor Bartolo Bass
Count Almaviva Tenor
Figaro Baritone
Fiorello Bass
Don Basilio Bass
Berta Soprano
Ambrogio Bass

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All scenes from Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Arias from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Duets from Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1OvertureBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.01instrumentaln/aItaliann/a
2Piano pianissimoBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.02recitativeB TItalianFiorello/Count
3Ecco ridente in cieloBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.03-1 ariatenorItalianCount
4Oh! sorte! gia veggoBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.03-2 ariatenorItalianCount
5Ehi fiorelloBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.04recitativeB TItalianFiorello/Count
6Mille grazie mio signoreBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.05recitativeT BItalianCount/Fiorello
7Gente indiscretaBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.06recitativeT BItalianCount/Fiorello
8Largo al factotumBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.07-2 ariabaritoneItalianFigaro
9Ah! ah che bella vitaBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.08recitative,ariabaritoneItalianFigaro/Count
10Se il mio nome saperBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.09ariatenorItalianCount
11Oh cielo!Barbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.10recitativeT BrItalianCount/Figaro
12All idea di quel metallo portentosoBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.11-1 duetT BrItalianCount/Figaro
13Numero quindiciBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.11-2 aria,recitativebaritoneItalianFigaro/Count
14Una voce poco faBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.12-1 ariacontralto or mezzoItalianRosina
15Io son docileBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.12-2 ariacontralto or mezzoItalianRosina
16Si si la viceroBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.13recitativecA/Mz Br BItalianRosina/Figaro/Bartolo
17Ah! disgraziato FigaroBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.14recitativeB cA/MzItalianBartolo/Rosina
18Ah! barbiere d'infernoBarbiere di Siviglia, IlRossini1.15recitativeB BItalianBartolo/Basilio