THE ROYAL THEATRE IN THE OLD ORANGERY IN THE ROYAL ŁAZIENKI MUSEUM IN WARSAW
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is one of the most famous works of Gioacchino Rossini. Although it was written in only three weeks, it became one of the greatest achievements of the opera buffa. The opera is filled with unusual musical themes, masterful arias, and humorous dialogues. The wonderful music is enhanced by the great libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s play.
It’s not widely remembered today, but the world premiere of Rossini’s famous opera was staged under the title Almaviva, ossia L’inutile precauzione (Almaviva, or Unnecessary Caution). The original title was changed in order to win the favour of the Roman public. The creators feared that the use by young Rossini of a fragment on which the respected Giovanni Paisiello based his own opera might meet with negative reception. And that indeed happened. The explanations included in the programme and the consent of the said master brought no result. All attempts to calm down the situation proved in vain, and the premiere staged in Rome’s Teatro Argentina on 20th February 1816 was a complete failure.
However, the second show won the audience’s approval. Soon, the opera became famous not only in Italy, but also worldwide. It still entertains and marvels today, under Rossini’s original literary title Il barbiere di Siviglia .
FRAGMENTS TO BE PERFORMED
Cavatina Figara Largo al factotum della città
Duetto All’idea di quel metallo
Cavatina Rosiny Una voce poco fa
Aria Basilia La calunnia e un venticelo
Duetto Dunque io son…
Aria Bartola A un dottor della mia sorte
Duetto Pace e gioia sia con voi
Aria Rosiny Contro un cor che accende amore
Quintetto Don Basilio!
Aria Berty Il vecchiotto cerca moglie
Terzetto Ah! qual colpo inaspettato!
Finaletto Di si felice innesto serbiam memoria eterna?
CONDUCTOR DAWID RUNTZ
Seats are not numbered.
Duration: 1 h 15 min.
In the original language with Polish subtitles.
PLEASE NOTE: the entrance to the Royal Theatre in the Łazienki Park is located in ul. Agrykola.
We kindly encourage you to read the rules of participation in cultural events organized by the Polish Royal Opera:
- If you are not feeling well, are ill, had contact with an infected person – stay home.
- Please, take a mask with you. After entering the Theatre building you are obliged to wear a mask covering mouth and nose.
- Disinfect your hands after entering the Theatre building.
- Remember to sign the Participant Declaration. If possible, please bring the printed and signed declaration with you, if not – fill it in in the Theatre, in the place shown by the staff.
- The cloakroom will be closed on the day of the event. Please take your outerwear with you to the auditorium.
- Take the seat shown to you by the staff.
- Please come earlier – latecomers will not be allowed into the auditorium.
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- Disinfectants are available at the entrance to the building.
- The common space and sanitary rooms are disinfected.
- Only 50% maximum of the seats in the auditorium will be available.
- We keep safe distance.
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