Il Barbiere di Siviglia / The Barber of Seville

by Gioacchino Rossini

Ancient Theatre, September 6th and 7th 2018 @ 9.30pm

The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution (Italian: Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L’inutile precauzione is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. Rossini’s Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all “opere buffe”. After two hundred years, it remains a popular work.



More info on staging and cast as soon as available

Two dates

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Friday 7 September >> tickets on

Stalls (Parterre): € 70,00
Gallery: € 50,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 45,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 23,00


Place: Seville, Spain
Time: 18th century

Act 1 The square in front of Bartolo’s house

In a public square outside Bartolo’s house a band of musicians and a poor student named Lindoro are serenading, to no avail, the window of Rosina (“Ecco, ridente in cielo”; “There, laughing in the sky”). Lindoro, who is really the young Count Almaviva in disguise, hopes to make the beautiful Rosina love him for himself – not his money. Almaviva pays off the musicians who then depart, leaving him to brood alone. Rosina is the young ward of the grumpy, elderly Bartolo and she is allowed very little freedom because Bartolo plans to marry her once she is of age and thus appropriate her not inconsiderable dowry.
Figaro approaches singing (Aria: “Largo al factotum della città”; “Make way for the factotum of the city”). Since Figaro used to be a servant of the Count, the Count asks him for assistance in helping him meet Rosina, offering him money should he be successful in arranging this. (Duet: “All’idea di quel metallo”; “At the idea of that metal”). Figaro advises the Count to disguise himself as a drunken soldier, ordered to be billeted with Bartolo, so as to gain entrance to the house. For this suggestion, Figaro is richly rewarded.
“Una voce poco fa” MENU0:00 Aurelia Dobrovolskaya (lyric coloratura soprano), 1914 Problems playing this file? See media help. A room in Bartolo’s house with four doors
The scene begins with Rosina’s cavatina, “Una voce poco fa” (“A voice a little while ago”). (This aria was originally written in the key of E major, but it is sometimes transposed a semitone up into F major for coloratura sopranos to perform, giving them the chance to sing extra, almost traditional, cadenzas, sometimes reaching high Ds or even Fs.)
“La calunnia è un venticello” MENU0:00 Feodor Chaliapin Problems playing this file? See media help. Knowing the Count only as Lindoro, Rosina writes to him. As she is leaving the room, Bartolo and Basilio enter. Bartolo is suspicious of the Count, and Basilio advises that he be put out of the way by creating false rumours about him (this aria, “La calunnia è un venticello” – “Calumny is a little breeze” – is almost always sung a tone lower than the original D major).
When the two have gone, Rosina and Figaro enter. Figaro asks Rosina to write a few encouraging words to Lindoro, which she has actually already written. (Duet: “Dunque io son…tu non m’inganni?”; “Then I’m the one…you’re not fooling me?”). Although surprised by Bartolo, Rosina manages to fool him, but he remains suspicious. (Aria: “A un dottor della mia sorte”; “To a doctor of my class”).
Count Almaviva, disguised as a soldier and pretending to be drunk, enters the house and demands to be quartered there. In fear of the drunken man, Berta the housekeeper rushes to Bartolo for protection. Bartolo tells the “soldier” that he (Bartolo) has an official exemption which excuses him from the requirement to quarter soldiers in his home. Almaviva pretends to be too drunk and belligerent to understand, and dares Bartolo to brawl. While Bartolo searches his cluttered desk for the official document which would prove his exemption, Almaviva whispers to Rosina that he is Lindoro in disguise, and passes a love-letter to her. Bartolo suspiciously demands to know what is in the piece of paper in Rosina’s hands, but she fools him by handing over her laundry list. Bartolo and the Count argue loudly. Basilio enters; then Figaro, who warns that the noise of the argument is rousing the whole neighborhood. Finally, the noise attracts the attention of the Officer of the Watch and his troops, who crowd into the room. Bartolo demands that the Officer arrest the “drunken soldier”. The Officer starts to do so, but Almaviva quietly reveals his true identity to the Officer, and he (the Officer) backs off and stands down. Bartolo and Basilio are astonished and mystified; Figaro laughs quietly at them. (Finale: “Fredda ed immobile, come una statua”; “Cold and still, just like a statue”). The confusion intensifies and causes everyone to suffer headaches and auditory hallucinations (“Mi par d’esser con la testa in un’orrida fucina; dell’incudini sonore l’importuno strepitar.”; “My head seems to be in a fiery forge: the sound of the anvils deafens the ear.”)

Act 2 A room in Bartolo’s house with a piano

Almaviva again appears at the doctor’s house, this time disguised as a priest who is also a singing tutor and pretending to act as substitute for the supposedly ailing Basilio, Rosina’s regular singing teacher. Initially, Bartolo is suspicious, but does allow Almaviva to enter when the Count gives him Rosina’s letter. He describes his plan to discredit Lindoro whom he believes to be one of the Count’s servants, intent on pursuing women for his master. While Almaviva pretends to give Rosina her singing lesson, Figaro arrives to shave Bartolo. Bartolo demurs, but Figaro makes such a scene he agrees, but in order not to leave the supposed music master alone with Rosina, the doctor has Figaro shave him right there in the music room. When Basilio suddenly appears, he is bribed by a full purse from Almaviva and persuaded to leave again, with much discussion of how ill he looks. (Quintet: “Don Basilio! – Cosa veggo!”; “Don Basilio! – What do I see?”). Figaro begins to shave Bartolo, but Bartolo overhears the lovers conspiring, and angrily drives everybody away.
The scene returns to the location of act 1 with a grill looking out onto the square. Bartolo orders Basilio to have the notary ready to marry him to Rosina that evening. He also explains his plot to come between the lovers. Basilio leaves and Rosina arrives. Bartolo shows Rosina the letter she wrote to “Lindoro”, and persuades her that this is evidence that Lindoro is merely a flunky of Almaviva and is toying with her at Almaviva’s behest. Rosina believes him and agrees to marry him.
During an instrumental interlude, the music creates a thunder storm to indicate the passage of time. The Count and Figaro climb up a ladder to the balcony and enter the room through a window. Rosina shows Almaviva the letter and accuses him of betraying her. Almaviva reveals his identity and the two reconcile. While Almaviva and Rosina are enraptured by one another, Figaro keeps urging them to leave. Two people are heard approaching the front door, who later turn out to be Basilio and the notary. However, when the Count, Rosina, and Figaro attempt to leave by way of the ladder, they discover it has been removed. The marriage contract requires two witnesses; Figaro is one, but another is needed. The Count makes Basilio an offer he can’t refuse: the choice of accepting a bribe and being a witness to his marriage or receiving two bullets in the head (an easy choice, Basilio says). He and Figaro witness the signatures to a marriage contract between the Count and Rosina. Bartolo barges in, accompanied by the Officer and the men of the watch, but too late; the marriage is already complete. The befuddled Bartolo (who was the one who had removed the ladder) is pacified by being allowed to retain Rosina’s dowry. The opera concludes with an anthem to love (“Amor e fede eterna, si vegga in noi regnar!”).


Teresa Valéry

by Teresa Mannino

Teresa Mannino (born 1970) is an Italian comedian, actress and TV presenter. Born in Palermo, Mannino graduated in philosophy and then she moved to Milan, where she enrolled in the Teatro Carcano European Drama School. After several other courses and workshops, she became a stand-up comedian and began appearing in the Canale 5 variety show Zelig. Mannino is active on stage, in films and in many TV commercials.

Teresa Valéry is a passionate and funny read of one of the most famous Italian opera: La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, in which the female character is Violetta Valéry.
“We Italians invented the Opera but its comprehension and fruition is difficult, especially for young people” Mannino said.
Teresa Valéry is a theatre play meant for everybody, a perfect first approach to opera.

Design and Direction: Alberto Cavallotti
Arranger and Conductor: Alberto Maniaci
with opera singers and the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo of Palermo
Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo of Palermo
Main actors: Teresa Mannino, Luca Canonici, Maria Francesca Mazzara e Francesco Vultaggio.

TICKETS on and
Stalls (Parterre): € 53,00
Gallery: € 44,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 36,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 27,50

Italian description of the event

Il grande amore di Violetta e Alfredo, raccontato da Teresa Mannino, in una rilettura inedita di un grande classico della tradizione lirica italiana.
Sul palco, insieme a lei, l’orchestra di cinquanta elementi del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, diretta dal Maestro Alberto Maniaci con i tre cantanti, Francesca Mazzara, Luca Canonici e Francesco Vultaggio, che interpretano i passi più famosi delle canzoni de la Traviata, interpuntando e arricchendo il racconto e il commento.
Un esperimento, con la regia di Alberto Cavallotti, che nasce da un grande amore per la lirica: “Noi italiani abbiamo inventato l’opera, ma la sua fruizione immediata è difficile, soprattutto per i ragazzi – afferma Teresa Mannino – Basta però vincere la pigrizia, saperne un poco di più per appassionarsi. La Traviata è tra le opere più eseguite in tutto il mondo e rappresenta l’Italia nei suoi aspetti più classici: il bel canto e la passione. Ma la vera protagonista dell’opera è la critica alla morale borghese e al perbenismo. Questo rende quest’opera, anticonformista per l’epoca e tuttora attualissima, potentissima”.
Nel racconto uno spazio dedicato anche alla figura di Giuseppe Verdi, troppo spesso accomunato, secondo Teresa Mannino, all’immagine del “vecchietto con la barba stampato sulla banconota da 1000 Lire. Giuseppe Verdi fu un giovane passionale e trasgressivo, un uomo che amava andare controcorrente, molto amato anche dai suoi contemporanei”.

Italian Opera special events May 2018ITALIAN OPERA TAORMINA – Special Events 2018

San Giorgio Theatre (Via Don Giovanni Bosco), May 5, 12, 19 and 26 2018 @ 9.30pm

€ 20,00 entrance, drink included

Do you love Opera music? Special evenings organised on every saturday of May 2018 by the Italian Opera Taormina management.

The evening will be held in the Cine Teatro ‘San Giorgio’ where you will be offered a drink and can take in an extraordinary panorama view of Taormina.

Saturday 5th May >> Omaggio a Verdi – Homage to Giuseppe Verdi with Graziano D’Urso (barytone) – Elizabetta Zizzo (soprano)

Saturday 12th May >> I Tre Tenori – The Three Tenors with Marco Antonio Pastorelli, Federico Parisi,  Andrea Casablanca

Saturday 19th May >> Le donne di Puccini – The Women of Giacomo Puccini with Silvia di Falco, Martina La Malfa (soprans)

Saturday 26th May >> Italian Film Songs with Carmen Salomone (sopran) and Davide Benigno (tenor)

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Information and booking: – mob. +39  340 6426230

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April 2018 >> Every Saturday at 9.15 pm

From May to October 2017 >> Every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.15 pm

San Giorgio  Theatre (via Don Bosco, behind piazza IX April)

€ 20,00 entrance, drink included

Do you love Opera music? The artists of the Italian Opera Taormina perform every week in Taormina. More than one hour of timeless arias from some of the most famous Italian operas.

An extraordinary journey with the most famous arias and duet from “Italian Operas”. You will hear music from great Italian operas interpreted by professional singers who have performed in the most important Italian and international theatres, performed with piano accompaniment.

The evening will be held in the Cine Teatro ‘San Giorgio’ where you will be offered a drink and can take in an extraordinary panorama view of Taormina.

Program changes every night. Tickets: € 20,00 (under 25 € 15,00) Box office:  11:00 – 12:00 a.m.  and from 7.00pm on concert dates
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Info and booking: 0039 340 64 26 230 (mobile) –

Here you can have a look at the program of each evening:

March 31 

April 7April 14April 25April 28

May 2May 4May 7May 9May 11May 14May 16May 18May 21May 23May 25May 28May 30

June 1June 4June 6June 8June 11June 13June 15June 18June 20June 22June 25 June 27June 29

July 2July 4July 6July 9July 11July 13July 16July 18July 20 – July 23July 25July 27July 30

August 1 – August 3 – August 6 – August 8 – August 10 – August 13 – August 15 – August 17 – August 20August 22 – August 24 – August 27 – August 29 – August 31

September 3 – September 5 – September 7 – September 10 – September 12 – September 14 – September 17 – September 19 – September 21 – September 24 – September 26 – September 28

October 1 – October 3 – October 5 – October  8 – October 10 – October 12 – October 15 – October 17 – October 19 – October 22 – October 24 – October 26 – October 29  – October 31

November 2November 7 –  November 14 – November 21November 28

December 5 – December  12 – December 19 – December 26