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Danielle de Niese: The Birth of an Opera

Marking the 200th anniversary of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Danielle de Niese provides a backstage pass to her preparations for her role in Glyndebourne's 2016 production.

2016 sees the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Rossini's masterpiece The Barber of Seville, one of the greatest comic operas ever written. In this documentary, internationally acclaimed soprano Danielle de Niese provides a unique backstage pass to her preparations for the role of Rosina in Glyndebourne's 2016 production.

With extraordinary access, this documentary gives an unparalleled insight into how a top opera professional shapes a performance, both musically and dramatically. As well as actuality filming of all stages - from singing to warm-ups to costume fittings, lighting and set building on stage, through to hair and make-up - there are masterclass sessions with director Annabel Arden, conductor Enrique Mazzola and other key cast members to explore key scenes in depth. Danni also visits the Rome theatre where the disastrous premiere took place in 1816.

The film also features interviews with Arden, Mazzola, designer Joanna Parker and other key figures in the production, and footage from the staged version of the opera throughout.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 20 Jul 2018 01:30


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Gioachino Rossini

    Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Overture

  • 00:12

    Gioachino Rossini

    Il Barbiere Di Siviglia: Una Voce Poco Fa

    Performer: Danielle de Niese.


Role Contributor
Presenter Danielle de Niese
Producer Guy Evans
Director Guy Evans
Producer David Parfitt
Executive Producer Ivan Mactaggart
Production Company Trademark Films Ltd


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