The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution (Italian: Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of Rossini's opera (under the title Almaviva, o sia L'inutile precauzione) took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome, with designs by Angelo Toselli.
Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". After two hundred years, it remains a popular work.
Performances & Interviews
- Rossini's opera 'The Barber of Seville'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01dxpkr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01dxpkr.jpg2013-08-09T10:57:00.000ZAntonio Pappano apprises Rossini's opera buffa 'The Barber of Seville'. Opera star Pietro Spagnoli who plays Figaro, Pappano and the baritone explain extracts from the score.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01dxplm
Rossini's opera 'The Barber of Seville'Antonio Pappano apprises Rossini's opera buffa 'The Barber of Seville'. Opera star Pietro Spagnoli who plays Figaro, Pappano and the baritone explain extracts from the score.
- Rossini: The Barber of Sevillehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqpys.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqpys.jpg2017-02-04T14:05:00.000ZBuilding a Library compares recordings of Rossini's The Barber of Seville.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04rwjxw
Rossini: The Barber of SevilleBuilding a Library compares recordings of Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
- Rossini - comic operashttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020c4gv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020c4gv.jpg2014-06-04T16:36:00.000ZCharles Hazlewood explores Rossini's comic opera style.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p020c4h2
Rossini - comic operasCharles Hazlewood explores Rossini's comic opera style.