Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Dramma giocoso per musica in four acts (1782)

Music by Giovanni Paisiello
Libretto by Giuseppe Petrosellini after the comedy "La précaution inutile ou le Barbier de Séville" by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Performed in Italian with German surtitles

Monday, 16 February 2015
7 pm

Conductor: René Jacobs
Director: Moshe Leiser / Patrice Caurier
With Mari Eriksmoen, Topi Lehtipuu et al.

Freiburger Barockorchester

New production Theater an der Wien


Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799), watchmaker to the court, inventor, author, diplomat and adventurer, offered Le barbier de Séville to the Comédiens Italiens as an opera libretto in 1772. When it was rejected,
he rewrote it as a play which became a triumphant success at the Comédie-Française in 1775. Beaumarchais had so many ideas for the fate awaiting the characters surrounding Figaro, his jack of all trades, that he created an entire trilogy which precisely reflects the rapid developments of social structures in the last third of the 18th century. Giovanni Paisiello set the first play to music in 1782 as a commission for Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg, and it soon became immensely popular all over Europe.

In Seville, Rosina is being kept from prying eyes in the house of her guardian Bartolo. Because the young lady is beautiful and wealthy, Bartolo intends to marry her. But Rosina has another admirer: a student by the name of Lindoro has secretly been courting her for some time, and she finds the young man considerably more attractive than her guardian. Lindoro is in fact the notorious womanizer Count Almaviva in disguise. This time, however, he is genuinely in love and wants to make Rosina his wife, even though she is a commoner. He secures the aid of Figaro who, as a physician, apothecary and barber, is free to enter Bartolo’s house. In the meantime, Bartolo has heard that the infamous Almaviva is in town and rightly guesses that he may have his ward in his sights. He tries to bring the date of his own wedding forward, but Figaro and Almaviva hatch counter-plots. In the end, Bartolo loses out: Count Almaviva abandons his disguise and makes Rosina his countess.


Dramma giocoso per musica in two acts (1782/87)

Music by Giovanni Paisiello
Libretto by Giuseppe Petrosellini based on "La précaution inutile ou le Barbier de Séville" by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

In Italian with German surtitles


René Jacobs


Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier

Stage design

Christian Fenouillat

Costume design

Agostino Cavalca

Light design

Christophe Forey

Il conte di Almaviva

Topi Lehtipuu


Mari Eriksmoen


Pietro Spagnoli


Andrè Schuen

Don Basilio

Fulvio Bettini

Il Giovenetto | Un alcade

Erik Årman


Freiburger Barockorchester


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Il barbiere di Seviglia 14/15

Premiere: February 16, 2016
Dircetor: Moshe Leiser / Patrice Caurier
Conductor: René Jacobs
New production of the Theater an der Wien
Photos: Herwig Prammer