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Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
2017 October 01 14:00, October 06 19:00, October 11 19:00
Zurich Opera
Enrique MazzolaConductor
Cesare LieviDirector
Mario BottaSet Designer
Marina LuxardoCostume Designer
Maxim MironovTenorCount Almaviva
Serena MalfiMezzo-sopranoRosina
Andrzej FilonczykBaritoneFigaro
Renato GirolamiBassDr. Bartolo
Michael HauensteinBassDon Basilio
Adriana GonzalezSopranoBerta
Ildo SongBassAmbrogio
Yuriy TsipleBaritoneFiorello
Philharmonia Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus

Love, subterfuge and money – these are the ingredients from which Gioachino Rossini mixed his most popular opera buffa, Il barbiere di Siviglia. (The Barber of Seville). This is how the story goes: two young people are in love (Count Almaviva and Rosina); two old people attempt to thwart their love (Rosina’s guardian, Dr Bartolo, who has an eye on her dowry, and the schemer Don Basilio). The cast is completed by a shrewd mind – an expert not only as far as hairstyles are concerned, but also considered the number one address when it comes to affairs of the heart: Figaro. Rossini’s comedy, which is based on Beaumarchais’ eponymous stage play, has forfeited none of its freshness since its première performance in 1816. It is impossible to escape its rhythmical power, spiralling crescendos, absurd ensembles or highlights such as Figaro’s tongue-twister aria, Largo al factotum! For our revival, Lawrence Brownlee returns to Zurich as Almaviva, having celebrated a great success here as Lord Arturo Talbo in Bellini’s I puritani. His Rosina is – for the first time at Zurich Opera House – the young American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth De-Shong. As the crafty Figaro, our ensemble member Levente Molnár will concoct the intrigues that lead to the happy end. Enrique Mazzola, a refined expert in the Italian repertoire, will be at the rostrum.

Maxim Mironov (Almaviva) © Toni Suter
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