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Il barbiere di SivigliaNew production

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
2018 November 10 20:00, November 13 20:00, November 16 20:00, November 18 14:00, November 20 20:00, November 23 20:00, November 25 14:00, November 28 20:00, November 30 20:00, December 02 14:00
Dutch National Opera
Maurizio BeniniConductor
Lotte de BeerDirector
Julian CrouchSet Designer, Costume Designer
René BarberaTenorCount Almaviva
Nino MachaidzeSopranoRosina
Davide LucianoBaritoneFigaro
Misha KiriaBassDr. Bartolo
Marko MimicaBassDon Basilio
Tomeu BibiloniBaritoneFiorello
Julietta AleksanyanSopranoBerta
Nico WeggemansBassAmbrogio
Martin Mkhize​BaritoneOfficer
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Nederlands Kamerorkest

Rossini’s lively and energetic Il barbiere di Siviglia is a beloved opera classic. Il barbiere di Siviglia is presented in a new staging by Lotte de Beer that kids are also sure to enjoy.


The story of Il barbiere di Siviglia centres around the beautiful Rosina. Count Almaviva is in love with her, and she returns his affections, but her guardian Bartolo wants to marry her himself and get his hands on her large dowry. Following a series of comical complications, the libretto brings the lovers together with some help from the clever Figaro. Of course, as we know from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, what comes after isn’t all sunshine and roses...


Though Rossini was conservative by nature, the play by Beaumarchais on which he based his Il barbiere di Siviglia was deeply imbued with the spirit of the French Revolution. The hectic rhythm of the large ensembles evokes the turbulence of a nation on the brink of revolt, and the characters never have a moment’s peace. Yet what most inspired Rossini was the story’s comic dimensions.


Lotte de Beer has previously directed RingetjeWaiting for Miss MonroeHänsel und Greteland The New Prince at Dutch National Opera, and has been enthusiastically received at the Operadagen Rotterdam, Grachtenfestival and Opera Forward Festival. The Dutch director’s production of Puccini’s Il Trittico at the Bayerische Staatsoper in late 2017 was a triumph and catapulted her into the top ranks of international opera.

For Il barbiere di Siviglia, De Beer is collaborating with designers Julian Crouch (set and costumes) and Alex Brok (lighting). The choreography is by Zack Winokur (The New Prince). The conductor is Maurizio Benini (Il trovatore), a regular guest at the leading opera houses in New York, Paris, Vienna, London, Barcelona and Madrid. Ambrogio Maestri (acclaimed in the title role of Falstaff) is Bartolo, and Rosina is sung by Nino Machaidze.


Julian Crouch is a director and writer and also designs for the stage, opera, ballet, film and television. Well-known productions include Satyagraha (New York), Jerry Springer: The Opera, the Broadway musical of The Addams Family (Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award) and The Enchanted Island. His design for Dutch National Ballet’s 2014 production of Cinderella was lauded for its effortless fusion of historical and contemporary styles, blending Victorian fashion with haute couture à la Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.


With all its humorous mishaps and misunderstandings, Il barbiere di Siviglia is an opera that appeals to all ages. Kids aged 16 and under receive a discount on tickets to this production.

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