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Saturday 01. Dec. 2018, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm | Großes Haus


Gioachino Rossini

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Introduction for families at 6.45 pm

Make way! Here comes Figaro, the best barber in Seville, jack of all trades – and a welcome supporter to Count Almaviva. The count, however, is not concerned with his hairdo: he wants Figaro to help him win the heart of Rosina. If only it weren’t for Dr. Bartolo, Rosina’s money-grubbing guardian… He has fallen in love with her sizable fortune and is also courting his ward. To this end, he has enlisted Don Basilio, a conniving music teacher – who brings chaos to a head!
In mind-bogglingly intricate ensemble scenes and arias performed at breakneck speed, Gioacchino Rossini keeps tightening the screws in this comedy of errors focusing on Rosina.

Rossini was also in high-speed mode when he composed the opera: he wrote what is presumably the world’s most famous comic opera in only 13 days.

Direction according to: Gilbert Deflo
Set and Costume Design according to: Ezio Frigerio

Premiere: 29.12.1976

Break of 25 minutes after the first act

In Italian with German surtitles

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Act I

Count Almaviva sings a serenade to Rosina, the beautiful ward of the old Doctor Bartolo. The latter, however, planning to win his ward’s hand and money for himself, so jealously watches Rosina that every attempt of her lover to appraoch her is in vain. The barber, Figaro, offers his help to the Count. According to his plan, Almaviva, disguised as a soldier of a visiting regiment, should lodge in Bartolo’s house. Rosina writes her lover, whom she only knows under the name of Lindoro, a passionate letter. – From Don Basilio, Rosina’s music master, Bartolo learns that Count Almaviva has arrived in Seville and immediately suspects him of being his rival. Basilio advises him to get rid of the Count by calumny. – Rosina’s love letter has reached Almaviva through Figaro and they start to carry out their plan. Disguised as a drunken soldier, Almaviva arrives in Bartolo’s house. Bullying Bartolo incessantly, he pays no attention to the Doctor’s outraged protests. The constables, suddenly arriving on the scene ready to arrest the brawler, immediately release and salute Almaviva when he secretly reveals his identity.

Act II

Once more Almaviva appears in Bartolo’s house; this time disguised as a music teacher and pretend-ing to replace his indisposed master Don Basilio. But the suspicious Bartolo does not leave him alone with Rosina. To everybody’s great surprise Don Basilio enters. However, a full purse slipped into his hand by Almaviva makes him understand the situation and fall suddenly quite ill. Figaro starts to shave Bartolo, while Almaviva and Rosina plan an elopement. But Bartolo becomes suspicious, gets out of his chair when no one is looking, and catches the lovers in revealing conversation. Bartolo, who possesses the letter Rosina wrote to Almaviva, succeeds in exciting the anger of his ward by producing it and telling her that Lindoro only wants to win her for Count Almaviva. She dis-closes the plan of escape and agrees to marry her guardian. At the appointed time, however, Figaro and the Count make their appearance. The lovers are reconciled when Lindoro and Count Almaviva prove to be one and the same person. A Notary, procured by Bartolo for his own marriage to Rosina, celebrates the marriage of the loving pair. When Bartolo enters, with officers of justice, into whose hands he is about to consign Figaro and the Count, he is too late and must accept the fact that he has been deceived.

Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 7,00 EUR to 119,00 EUR

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