The Barber of Seville

by Gioachino Rossini

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“The quality of the music, the splendour of the setting, the power and passion of the singing!”

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The Barber of Seville

A light-hearted melodrama in two acts
music by Gioachino Rossini
libretto by Cesare Sterbini

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (‘The Barber of Seville’) is an opera by Gioacchino Rossini, with its libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based on a play with the same name by Pierre­Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. The opera is set in the 17th century and therefore the halls of Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto are the ideal setting, embellished and complemented by its magnificent Baroque furnishings.
The two acts are performed in three different halls: the Portego (the central hall), Tiepolo Hall and the bedroom with an alcove; during the interval, it is possible to appreciate the splendour of the halls facing the Grand Canal. The palace architecture, with its countless doors in high-quality wood, allows the artists to move around an “all-round” stage space so that the audience can fully participate in Rossini’s most amusing opera.
The interiors environments are candlelit and the elegant costumes, designed by Anthony Knight, are inspired by period clothes and made of the finest fabrics.
The exhilarating direction combined with the vocal and instrumental virtuosity of the performers will guarantee the spectators a vibrant, cheerful evening.

WHEN
Every Wednesday and Sunday

DURATION
Approximately 2 hours, including the interval. The Palace opens to the public at 8 pm, the performance starts at 8.30 pm.

INTERVAL
During the interval, in the halls overlooking the Grand Canal, our guests will be free to taste top quality wines and soft drinks.

PERFORMANCE LANGUAGE
Italian, no subtitles

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“Four musicians achieve what usually takes a whole orchestra… this is a whole new experience, to live great voices and strong emotions so closely!”

WELTEXPRESS

“Wonderful stuccoes tinted by time and frescoes are the perfect frame for a dive into the past, on the notes of romantic and ravishing music.”

IL GAZZETTINO

“The music seemed to bounce right off the walls, and the farce made perfect sense in this architectural context. We, the audience, felt a part of it, as if watching this great yet silly work of art play out by candlelight on a chilly, lively evening in 1816.”

ASPIRE

“Hang onto your prosecco and brace for impact: in historic salons, the soprano’s high notes imperil glassware, and thundering baritones reverberate through inlaid floors.”

LONELY PLANET

“Four musicians achieve what usually takes a whole orchestra… this is a whole new experience, to live great voices and strong emotions so closely!”

WELTEXPRESS

“Wonderful stuccoes tinted by time and frescoes are the perfect frame for a dive into the past, on the notes of romantic and ravishing music.”

IL GAZZETTINO

“The music seemed to bounce right off the walls, and the farce made perfect sense in this architectural context. We, the audience, felt a part of it, as if watching this great yet silly work of art play out by candlelight on a chilly, lively evening in 1816.”

ASPIRE

“Hang onto your prosecco and brace for impact: in historic salons, the soprano’s high notes imperil glassware, and thundering baritones reverberate through inlaid floors.”

LONELY PLANET