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The Barber of Seville

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


From 27 July to 10 August 2015

Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes intermission included

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
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.


Massimo Zanetti
Staging, sets and costumes
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle


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.)
Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Academy
Teatro alla Scala