Bel Canto CD
01 May 2015 | Classical

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

/ Feb

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Saint Petersburg, Russia
Mikhailovski Theater
08:00 pm

A star-studded Il barbiere di Siviglia

On 9 February, international opera stars will grace our stage in a production of Il barbiere di Siviglia dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Mikhailovsky Theatre Opera Company. Rossini’s opera was the first performance given by the company on 6 March 1918.

Dmitry Korchak is well-known to our audiences. His portrayal of Count Almaviva in a concert performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the theatre in 2015 was truly unforgettable. Today, the eminent musician and expert on Rossini’s music is finding success both as a vocalist and as a conductor. On 9 February, he will take his place on the conductor’s podium at the Mikhailovsky Theatre for the first time. Korchak is equally at home in this new role. Music critics universally praise both his „stylistic perfectionism“ and his „attention to nuance“.

Mexican tenor Jesús León will sing the role of Count Almaviva for the evening’s performance. The singer has an extensive concert repertoire and has performed solo concerts at major venues all over the world. Last year, León released his debut album of Italian bel canto, which he recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mezzo-soprano Vasilisa Berzhanskaya will sing the part of Rosina. She will be recognized by many as a finalist on The Big Opera, broadcast on the TV channel Russia-Kultura. In 2016, Berzhanskaya took part in the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for the first time, and she made her first appearance as Rosina at the beginning of October at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Internationally renowned Giulio Zappa will be accompanying the performance on the harpsichord. Zappa began his career as an opera pianist in Bianca Maria Casoni’s class in Milan, and continued his studies under the legendary pianists Aldo Ciccolini and Irwin Gage. He has worked with opera greats Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci and Graham Vick to name just a few.