Sunday, April 5, 2009

Il barbiere de Siviglia

Went to Opera to see the Barber of Seville
at the Operaház on Saturday
.
The curtains were going up & down
during Rossini's beautiful & famous overture
- liked the simple but beautiful setting
.
Count Almaviva, a local nobleman - tenor
Dániel Vadász
Doctor Bartolo, Rosina's guardian - bass
Kázmer Sárkány
Rosina, Bartolo's ward - mezzo-soprano
Yang Li
Figaro, the barber of Seville - baritone
Csaba Szegedi
Basilio, Bartolo's accomplice - bass
Kolos Kováts
Berta, servnt of Bartolo - soprano
Dóra Érsek
Fiorello, The Count's servant - bass
Lajos Geiger
.
Conductor:
Géza Köteles
...
Not bad,
although like more dramatic & tragic operas
than comedy ones
.
The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution
(Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione)
is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini
with a libretto
(based on Pierre Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville)
by Cesare Sterbini.
The overture, first written for Aureliano in Palmira,
is a famous example of Rossini's characteristic Italian style.
Rossini's opera follows the first of the plays from the Figaro trilogy,
by French playwright
Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais,
while Mozart's opera Le nozze di Figaro,
composed 30 years earlier in 1786,
is based on the second part of the Beaumarchais trilogy.
The original Beaumarchais version was first performed in 1775,
in Paris.

Beautifully made ceiling at the opera entrance
...


Magnolias on Andrássy út in the garden of Koga House

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