On Wednesday, May 20, the 'Russian seasons' programme will feature a comic opera by Gioachino Rossini 'The Barber of Seville'. Brought to you by the largest musical theatre of Russia - The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (NOVAT).
'The Barber of Seville' has been an opera masterpiece and a playbill hit for already two centuries. The director the new new staging Dmitry Belyanushkin discovered a new relevant idea in the storyline: the characters of 'the Barber of Seville' actually need Figaro because he unties destinies and connects people together. In this day and age, when we mostly communicate in the virtual space, via gadgets, a virtuoso intermediary like that could come in very handy'.
The new Barber is closer to the modern world, the opera action revolves around the begining of the XXth century, during a theatre boom. The stage interpretation of the opera by Belyanushkin features Figaro as an employee of doctor Bartolo's clinic, where one can find cure to all possible diseases. The most reputable Spaniards come for the treatment there. Figaro works as a doctor in the spa clinic, while also running other errands. He is also an inventor, a fix-it man, a concierge and even a barber. But his purpose in life is fixing human souls, only he is capable of 'concocting' a cure - love.
'The music by Rossini is special in a sense that the composer gives all of us some kind of freedom, an opportunity to express yourself. I never wanted to make a production that will not be recognizable, I want to produce a Rossini togehter with my team that we will not shy away from showing in Italy. We strive to make our show speak the authentic Italian language and give it a true Italian spirit, - said music director and conductor Dmitri Jurowski.
'Our play allows the viewers to cast a new glance over the well-known story of the opera from a different angle. I want to put the viewer in the atmosphere of a Spanish clinic named Sanatorium Dr. Bartolo. The success of the place is not about its unique machines, but about the outstanding skills of Figaro, jack of all trades. By matchmaking, he cures patients with love, - said director and producer Dmitry Belyanushkin.
The new play, shown in NOVAT in 2018 was created by Dmitri Jurowski together with Angelo Michele Errico - a clavecinist, and an expert in XVII-XIX century Italian music. The authors managed to showcase an authentic version of the Barber with the use of modern expressive means, retaining an original performance and the musical spirit of the epoch.
The lead parts in 'the Barber of Seville' are played by winners of Russian and international competitions Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (Rosina), Pavel Yankovsky (Figaro), Francesco Tuppo (Count Almaviva) Andrey Triller (Bartolo), Alexey Laushkin (Basilio).