‘The Barber of Seville’ is a comic opera in two acts by Italian composer Gioachino Rossini that was first performed in Rome in 1816. The plot is based on Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’ 1775 play of the same name. The barber of the title is Figaro, whose impressive entrance aria (‘Largo al factotum’) with its repeated proclamations of his own name is one of the best-known of all opera arias.
This specific opera performance represents a joint project of the National Theater in Sarajevo and the Italian Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is a part of this year’s activities aimed towards paying tribute to the composer Rossini on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his death.
In a statement for Pulse.ba ahead of the upcoming opera premiere, Italian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Nicola Minasi explained that this was a special event within the cultural activities of the Embassy of Italy.
“It is the first co-production between the National Theater of Sarajevo and Italy. We (Italy) are bringing the director, the light designer, the main singer, and the orchestra conductor. It is a beautiful show, do come and see it”, said Minasi.