The Barber of Seville

From 27 July to 10 August 2015
Gioachino Rossini

Academy Project

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala Academy

In collaboration with Teatro alla Scala Academy

Collaborators to the training of the students: Leo Nucci and Ruggero Raimondi

Teatro alla Scala Production


Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes intermission included


Conductor Massimo Zanetti
Staging, sets and costumes Jean-Pierre Ponnelle


Conte di Almaviva Edoardo Milletti*
Bartolo Giovanni Romeo*

Lilly Jorstad* (27, 29, 31 Jul.; 4, 6 Aug.)

Aya Wakizono* (2, 8, 10 Aug.)

Figaro Leo Nucci (27, 29, 31 Jul.; 4, 6 Aug.)
Massimo Cavalletti (2, 8, 10 Aug.)
Don Basilio

Ruggero Raimondi (27, 29, 31 Jul.; 4, 8 Aug.)

Alessandro Spina (2, 6, 10 Aug.)


Kwanghyun Kim*

Ambrogio Michele Nani

Fatma Said* (27, 29, 31 Jul.; 4, 6 Aug.)

Sofia Mchedlishvili* (2, 8, 10 Aug.)

Ufficiale Petro Ostapenko*

 *Soloists of Teatro alla Scala Academy

Notes on the performances

Let us turn to the most-performed Italian opera in the world. Before Rossini, nobody had managed to write operas that flowed with such speed. And the frenzied pace, the enthusiastic clockwork madness we would all love to experience, and the swirling verbalizations of crazed singer-marionettes, are exalted even more by concertatos stunned into immobility. The success of the celebrated show by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, which by now is more than forty years old, though it wears its age well, is due to its fidelity to the music, which is followed as though the director became the choreographer of a sung ballet. Massimo Zanetti conducts a cast with maestros of lyric opera such as Leo Nucci and Ruggero Raimondi treading the boards together with their pupils from the Teatro alla Scala Academy.