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date: 19 February 2020

Barbiere di Siviglia, Il [Il barbiere di Siviglia, ovvero La precauzione inutile (‘The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution’)](i)locked

  • Gordana Lazarevich

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[Il barbiere di Siviglia, ovvero La precauzione inutile (‘The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution’)]

Dramma giocoso in four acts by Giovanni Paisiello to a libretto probably by Giuseppe Petrosellini after Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais’ play Le barbier de Séville; St Petersburg, Hermitage, 15/26 September 1782.

The text is a free adaptation of Le barbier de Séville, the first play of Beaumarchais’ Figaro trilogy. The second play, Le mariage de Figaro, ou La folle journée, was reworked by Da Ponte and set to music by Mozart as Le nozze di Figaro (1786). The success of Beaumarchais’ Le barbier de Séville, performed in St Petersburg in 1780, prompted Paisiello to write an opera based on the play. His dedication to Catherine II refers to the earlier work: ‘Since Your Imperial Majesty had a taste of Le barbier de Séville, I thought that the same piece set as an opera would not displease you; consequently I have made an extract from it which I have attempted to render as short as possible, conserving … the expressions of the original piece without adding anything’....

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no. in Köchel, 1862; for items not in 1862 edn, no. from 2/1905 or 3/1937 given