9th November Macedonian Opera and Ballet

Rossini's opera recounts the events of the first of the three plays by French playwright Pierre de Beaumarchais that revolve around the clever and enterprising character named Faigaro, the barber of the title. Mozarts opera The Marrige of Figaro, composed 30 years earlier in 1786, is based on the secund part of the Beaumarchais trilogy. The first Beaumarchais play was originally conceived as an opéra comique, but was rejected as such by the Comédie-Italienne. The play as it is now known was premiered in 1775 by the Comédie-Française at the Théâtre des Tuileries in Paris.

Other operas based on the first play were composed by Giovanni Paisiello, by Nicolas Isouard in 1796, and then by Francesco Morlacchiin 1816. Though the work of Paisiello triumphed for a time, only Rossini's version has stood the test of time and continues to be a mainstay of operatic repertoire. On 11 November 1868, two days before Rossini's death, the composer Costantino Dall'Argine (1842–1877) premiered an opera based on the same libretto as Rossini's work, bearing a dedication to Rossini. The premiere was not a failure, but critics condemned the "audacity" of the young composer and the work is now forgotten.

Rossini was well known for being remarkably productive, completing an average of two operas per year for 19 years, and in some years writing as many as four. Musicologists believe that, true to form, the music for Il barbiere di Siviglia was composed in just under three weeks, although the famous  overture was actually recycled from two earlier Rossini operas, Aureliano in Palmira and Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra and thus contains none of the thematic material in Il barbiere di Siviglia itself.


Conductor: Ivan Eminovik

Director: Ursula Horner (Austria)
Ass. Director: Ljupka Jakimovska
Set designer: Marija Veterovska
Costume designer: Maria Puputevska
Concert master: Jane Bakevski
Ass.Director: Katerina Stojkovska
Master of Arts: Gjorgjica Dashic, Jasmina Gjorgeska
Correctors: Elena Siljanoska, Ianinka Nevcheva, Andreya Naunov
Figaro: Marjan Jovanoski
Rose: Biljana Josifov
Count Almalwava: Blagoj Nacoski
Don Basilio: Vladimir Sazdovski
Don Bartolo: Neven Siljanovski
Berta: Nikolina Janevska
Fiorello: Christian Antovski
Ambrosio: Sasha Smilevski
Stone man: Borko Bidzovski
Choir and orchestra of the MOB
Sevilskiot berber

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