For the first time "Il barbiere di Siviglia" was staged in Teatro Argentina under the title "Almaviva, ossia l’inutile precauzione" to distinguish it from Paisiello's opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia", written twenty years earlier. On the first evening, Rossini's new work failed, but was soon appreciated, and today, as for two centuries, "Il barbiere di Siviglia" captivates the public with inexhaustible wit, melodic generosity and virtuoso sparkle of vocals. The rapid dynamics of the stage action, the abundance of comic situations, the plot, replete with unexpected twists and turns, seem to have been pulled out of life itself. This opera was simply created for the troupe of St. Petersburg Opera, which has the necessary set of voices and wonderful acting abilities.
The artistic director of St. Petersburg Opera Yuri Alexandrov known for his extraordinary reading of opera scores, this time staged "in the classical style.
“A comedy of manners is always interesting”, the director Yuri Alexandrov says. – “Love, jealousy, betrayal ... These feelings are always close and familiar to people, whether it is in our time, the last century or earlier ...
We play in Italian to retain the opera’s style and phonetics. Although playing in the original language somewhat deprives the performance of some comical points, the situational comedy remains, where humor arises from the whole meaning rather than from the text itself”.