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Barbiere di Siviglia 1910Castellano Grand Italian Opera

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Operas of the bel canto school had seriously declined in popularity towards the end of the nineteenth century. Rossini's serious pieces had vanished completely (perhaps because of the technical difficulty in singing them. Even the comedies were scarce - this was tte first appearance of The Barber in Dundee for forty years.

By this time the casting of Rosina was almost invariably done with a light coloratura soprano, instead of the contralto for whom the part was composed. Alessandrovic was also singing Gilda and Lucia, parts which we are generally used to hear restored to more dramatic voices, nowadays.

Cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library. The five leading roles are confirmed by reviews in the Dundee Advertiser and Courier & Argus.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Signor Fragari

Count Almaviva

Signor G Barterra

Figaro a barber

Signor Vail

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Signora Alessandrovic

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Signor Quintina

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Signora Rocco

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Signor Vittori


Signor Toto

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1910

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

21 Oct, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

28 Oct, 19.30

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