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Concerto "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" di Giovanni Paisiello




We are delighted to announce that in the framework of our strengthened cooperation with the National Centre for the Performing Arts, the second recommended performance is the Opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia of Giovanni Paisiello in Concert, belonging to the series "Opera prima dell'Opera".

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In order to promote Sino-Italian cultural exchanges, the NCPA and Italian Embassy jointly hold a concert series Opera Before Opera
starting from 2019. In Western operas, the same story is often used by different composers in their creative works, so there are various operas of the same name. With this series of opera concerts we will introduce to music lovers the versions of famous operas from different composers, some of which never performed in China.

Giovanni Paisiello is an Italian composer. In 1782, he created the opera buffa Il Barbiere di Siviglia in two acts based on the same-name libretto by French writer Pierre Beaumarchais, making him the first composer who put the play on the opera stage. Paisiello’s version is more than 30 years ahead of Rossini's. It is acknowledged for its witty plots, bright music and difficult arias. The great popularity and numerous fans once gained in Italy pushed his opera buffa creation to its peak. Due to its great influence of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini caused a big stir in Roman music circles when he had rewritten it in 1816.
This concert is the premiere of Giovanni Paisiello’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in China, so it is also a great opportunity for Chinese audiences to know more about him and his Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Artists will send holiday wishes to the audience in a classical and elegant way on the occasion of the Spring Festival.

Composer: Giovanni Paisiello
Librettist: Giuseppe Petrosellini
Premiere: September 15th, 1782 at Saint Petesburg
Executive Presenter: WANG Ning
Presenter: NCPA
Co-producers: NCPA, Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Accademia Musicale Chigiana
Joint Performers: NCPA Resident Opera Singers, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, China NCPA Orchestra

Figaro: Diego Savini (Baritone)▲
Conte Almaviva: KOU Jing (Tenor)●
Rosina: Fiorenza Maione (Soprano)▲
Bartolo: Alessandro Martinello (Bass) ▲
Basilio: RAN Xiaoyu (Bass)

Harpsichordist & Coach: Richard Barker
String Quartet
First Violinist: Maria Diatchenko ▲
● stands for NCPA Resident Opera Singers
▲ stands for Accademia Musicale Chigiana’s Artists


The story is set in Seville, Spain in the 17th century. Young Count Almaviva falls in love with Rosina, a rich and beautiful girl.
Nonetheless, the greedy Doctor Bartolo, Rosina's guardian, intends to marry her himself. Knowing nothing about what to do next, Almaviva turns to Figaro, the barber in the city, for help, who loves meddling in another man's business. Bartolo tries every means to stand in the way, together with  the music teacher Basilio's assistance, but all in vain by Figaro's variety of excellent schemes. The story culminates in themarriage of the Count Almaviva and Rosina after a series of funny farces.


He studied music at the Jesuit school at Tarento. His talent to write comedy opera was revealed at young age. From 1776 to 1784, on the invitation of the Empress Catherine, Paisiello worked as Chapelmaster to the court of St. Petersburg. Among a number of operas written there must be mentioned 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia‘, one of his best works, and to which a special interest attaches from its effect on the first representation of Rossini's opera of the same name. After eight years in St. Petersburg, Paisiello returned to Italy, stopping at Vienna on his way back, where he wrote twelve 'symphonies' for Joseph II, and an opera 'Il Re Teodoro‘, containing some of his best music. In 1784, he was named Chapelmaster to Ferdinand IV. of Naples, and during the next thirteen years produced several of the works by which he became most widely known, notably 'I Zingari in Fiera', 'Nina, o la Pazza d'Amore', and 'La Molinara.'

In 1802, Paisiello went to Paris, where Buonaparte treated him with a magnificence rivalling that of Catherine of Russia. On Paisiello's
return to Italy he was endowed with a considerable pension, was re-established in his old place at Naples, and was maintained in it by
Joseph Buonaparte, and after him by Murat. But the favour he enjoyed under Napoleonic dynasties inevitably brought him once more into trouble when the Bourbons returned. He then lost all the pensions settled on him by the various crowned heads he had served. In 1815 he died in poverty.

He composed about 80 operas, and at leastas many other works, of different kinds, such as “La serva padrona”(1769),“Don Chisciotte” (1769),”Achille in Sciro” (1778), “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (1782),“Il re Teodoro in Venezia” (1784),”La olinara” (1788),”Nina” (1789),“Didone abbandonata” (1794),”Proserpina”(1803). Expression, within certain restricted limits,
was Paisiello's strong point. All his airs are remarkable for simplicity and grace, and some have considerable charm.

Conte Almaviva: "Ecco l'ora s'avvicina"

Performer: KOU Jing
Conte/Figaro: "Diamo alla noia il bando"
Performers: KOU Jing, Diego Savini
Figaro: "Scorsi già molti paesi"
Performer: Diego Savini
Rosina/Bartolo: "Lode al ciel"
Performers: Fiorenza Maione, Alessandro Martinello
Conte Almaviva: "Saper bramate"
Performer: KOU Jing
Conte/Figaro: "Non dubitar, o Figaro"
Performers: KOU Jing, Diego Savini
Basilio: "La calunnia"
Performer: RAN Xiaoyu
Bartolo: "Veramente ho torto, è vero"
Performer: Alessandro Martinello
Rosina: "Giusto ciel, che conoscete"
Performer: Fiorenza Maione
Conte/Bartolo: "Oh che umor! "
Performers: KOU Jing, Alessandro Martinello
Rosina: "Gia riede primavera"
Performer:F iorenza Maione
Quintetto: "Don Basilio! Giusto ciel"
Performer: All Singers
Conte/Rosina: "Cara, sei tu il mio bene"
Performers: KOU Jing, Fiorenza Maione

Accademia Musicale Chigiana

Founded in 1932 by Count Guido Chigi Saracini, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana is a world-renowned institution for advanced musical studies. In its historical palazzo in Siena (Italy) with more than one hundred rooms and a magnificent art collection, the Chigiana has shaped the musical life of hundreds of young talented musicians from all over the world. Distinguished alumni include Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Esa Pekka-Salonen, Maurizio Pollini, Salvatore Accardo, among others.
Academy programmes include the “International Summer Academy” (July-August), founded in 1932 and nestled in an environment full of art, history, and an inspiring landscape, which offers young musicians the opportunity for intensive study and performance under the guidance of internationally acclaimed faculty artists. The Siena International Music Programme at Chigiana is a distinctive solo instrument, voice, and chamber music study abroad programme. It seeks to prepare the young musician to take on a transformative, challenging role as an artist in the 21st century.
The Accademia Chigiana is committed to providing the highest caliber of musical education to young talented musicians, and to propel their career through international artistic engagements and professional opportunities. In particular, the programme “Young Italian Musical Talents in the World” (Progetto Chigiana Farnesina), run in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
International Cooperation, promotes the most gifted young Italian and Chigiana former students with a showcase of concerts all over the world.



Data: Mer 13 Feb 2019

Orario: Alle 19:30

Organizzato da : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

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