The Barber of Seville

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January 1970

A desirable young woman and two rivals for her favours – a constellation that can only mean trouble. On the one hand we have the aged Dr. Bartolo, intent on marrying his ward Rosina. She, however, wishes to have nothing to do with a tyrant who closely watches her every move. The other suitor is the wealthy Count Almaviva. Disguised as a student he quickly succeeds in winning Rosina’s heart. But how can he finally get his hands on his beloved? Thanks to the cunning of his factotum, the barber Figaro, the count succeeds in his goal of getting close to Rosina. It seems as if the girl is truly his - but Dr. Bartolo is not willing to give up without a fight. The outcome of this epic struggle over a bride, and against the clock, seems uncertain.

Comic opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. Performed in Italian with German surtitles.

Running time 3 hours

Premiere 12 Apr 2008

Musical Director: Josep Caballé-Domenech
Staging: Grischa Asagaroff
Set Design & Costume Design: Luigi Perego
Lighting Design: Fabio Antoci
Choir: Wolfram Tetzner
Dramaturgy: Stefan Ulrich

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State Opera Unter den Linden

Die Staatsoper Unter den Linden (ehemals: Königliche Oper, ab 1919: Preußische Staatsoper, ab 1955: Deutsche Staatsoper, umgangssprachlich: Lindenoper) ist ein Opernhaus an der Prachtstraße Unter den Linden 7 im Berliner Ortsteil Mitte. Im Auftrag Friedrichs II. in den Jahren 1741–1743 von Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff im Stil des Friderizianischen Rokoko errichtet, wurde sie nach der Zerstörung im Zweiten Weltkrieg als Teil des Forum Fridericianum 1951–1955 von Richard Paulick wiederaufgebaut. Sie ist das älteste Opernhaus Berlins und das „erste bedeutende Theater überhaupt, das als monumentales, frei stehendes Bauwerk in einer Stadt errichtet wurde“.[1]

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