Artistic direction: Emil Strugaru
Scenographer: Andrei Șchiopu
Stage and backstage direction: Cristina Albu
Figaro, barber of Seville: Geani Brad
Rosina, Bartolo’s pupil: Oana-Maria Trîmbițaș
Count Almaviva: Bryan Lopez Gonzales (invitat)
Don Bartolo, doctor of medicine: Cristian Hodrea
Don Basilio, music teacher: Petru Burcă
Berta, maid: Anca Aluaș
Fiorello, Almaviva’s servant: George Godja
An officer: Vasile Neamțu
Ambroggio: Emil Rădulescu Chioreanu
THE ORCHESTRA AND THE MEN’S CHORUS OF THE ROMANIAN NATIONAL OPERA OF CLUJ-NAPOCA
Accompaniment of recitatives: Adela Bihari
Chorus master: Emil Maxim
Chorus conductor: Corneliu Felecan
show category: opera
Opera in three acts
One of the most comical, animated and long-awaited operas ever written, Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville always cheers our performance hall and is met, at each presentation, with roaring applause by the public of Cluj.
The performance brings once again on stage Figaro, the humourous, courageous and romantic Spanish barber, who gives a charming touch to the love story between the restless Count Almaviva and beautiful Rosina. Gioachino Rossini’s work has had a huge success ever since its 1816 absolute premiere, when it opened with the initial, otherwise suggestive title of “Almaviva” (The Useless Precaution). The funny barber is even now topping the bills of opera theatres all over the world.
In the enchanting and colourful 18th century Seville, Figaro is the barber loved by the entire city, who helps fulfilling Rosina and Count Almaviva’s great love. However, there is a huge challenge, because Rosina is also chased by her old tutor, Bartolo, who has the advantage of being helped by Basilio, the young woman’s music teacher.
The opera’s atmosphere of love and humour is given by the multiple tricks that Count Almaviva and Figaro resort to in order to approach the beautiful lover and declare her love. The final scene, where Figaro and the Count enter Rosina’s house at midnight, climbing on her balcony-propped stair, provides a more passionate air to the three-act bouffe masterpiece. Rosina’s heart experiences the utmost joy when Almaviva bends on his knees to offer his love, wealth and name. The ardent declaration is also joined by teacher Basilio, bribed by Bartolo’s adversaries, who becomes witness for the lovers’ marriage. The old and glum Bartolo arrives too late to stop their union and is only consoled by the fact that he gets to keep Rosina’s dowry, which Almaviva has given up to.
The performance has two breaks and ends around 10.15 p.m.