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The Barber of Seville - Opera

When: 10 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
Where: Palazzo Pitti
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The show by Damiano Michieletto begins like a train journey, announced from the public-address speakers: “Your attention please, the express train 393 from Florence to Seville is departing from platform five”.

A delightful way to travel through Rossini’s opera, evoking places and situations though fantasy. Bizarre costumes and bright colours make the characters entertaining: Don Basilio is bright green, with long greasy hair, hooked nose, as green as a snake with envy ; Figaro has hair styled like a wolf’s ears, and whiskers, while Don Bartolo, all in white, looks like a fat bulldog jealously guarding Rosina, dressed in red like her lover Lindoro. The absence of sets concentrates all of the audience’s attention on the comical gags and the studied gestures, but above all on the voices and music, sovereign in Rossini’s opera.

Il barbiere di Siviglia, or sia L'inutil precauzione
A humourous melodrama in two acts based on the comedy of the same name by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beumarchais
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Music by Gioachino Rossini
First performed: 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome

Staged by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Maggioformazione - 2005
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Palazzo Pitti
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