Il barbiere di Siviglia Sinfonia (The Barber of Seville Overture)

The opera buffa of all “oper buffes,” Rossini’s Barber of Seville has established itself as one of the greatest works of comedy in music. Even after two centuries, it is still a well-liked work.

The Barber of Seville, a French farce by Pierre Beaumarchais, served as inspiration for the text (1775). The first of three pieces by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais that center on the witty and entrepreneurial Figaro, the barber of the title, are recounted in Rossini’s opera. The second installment of the Beaumarchais trilogy serves as the inspiration for Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, which was written in 1786, 30 years earlier. The Comédie-Italienne rejected the first Beaumarchais play as an opéra comique, despite its original conception as such. The Comédie-Française performed the play’s first performance, as it is currently known, at the Théâtre des Tuileries in Paris in 1775. Rossini’s opera received its world premiere on February 20, 1816, at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, under the direction of Angelo Toselli.

Play Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture in full length on SoundCloud: [ma-content-consent text=”When you unhide the music player, your browser might connect to servers that are not subject to EU GDPR.
See {privacy-policy-link} for details.” text-style=”font-size: 1em;color: white;” block-style=”background-color:#000″ button-text=”Show player from to play this music for free!”] [/ma-content-consent]   It is commonly known that Rossini was incredibly productive, finishing an average of two operas per year for 19 years and writing as much as four in some instances. Although the famous overture was actually recycled from two earlier Rossini operas, Aureliano in Palmira and Elizabeth, Queen of England, and thus contains none of the thematic material in Il barbiere di Siviglia itself, musicologists believe that, true to form, the music for Il barbiere di Siviglia was composed in just under three weeks.