World premiere of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in the new critical edition by Alberto Zedda, on 10th July at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (additional performances until 24th July).
The stage direction, the scenery and costumes are by Jean Pierre Ponnelle. The Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala will be conducted by Michele Mariotti. The cast includes: Juan Diego Flórez, Alessandro Corbelli e Joyce DiDonato.
The original critical edition of the Barber was published by Ricordi in 1968. Alberto Zedda had put forward a series of criticisms of Ricordi’s traditional score and he convinced the publishers to invest in a new edition of the opera based on Rossini’s original manuscript as well as a number of other sources, still considered today to be fundamental. Taking this fundamental scholarly achievement as a starting point, the editor of the new critical edition published by Casa Ricordi - Fondazione Rossini has rethought and revised the whole musical text. All the sources in the archives and libraries both in Italy and abroad, the librettos and the printed sources as well as the documents relating to the history of the opera, have been analysed so as to fully define the complex lineage that lent precise form to the context in which Rossini’s masterpiece came into being and evolved, eventually winning a permanent place in the operatic repertory.
Casa Ricordi, together with Fondazione Rossini in Pesaro, has therefore published a new critical edition of The Barber of Seville. Based on the now historical edition, this modern edition – the work of the same scholar (Alberto Zedda) - has been entirely revised and updated both in the light of the discovery of new, unpublished sources and in line with the philological criteria that have developed over the course of the last forty years.