Monday, February 29, 2016

Celebrating Rossini's birthday with a Barihunk duo

Mattia Olivieri and Richard Rittelmann
It seems appropriate on Rossini's birthday that we post these pictures of the barihunk duo of Mattia Olivieri as Figaro and Richard Rittelmann as Fiorello in Opéra Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Nice Côte d’Azur.

The cast also includes Rossini specialist Daniele Zanfardino as Almaviva, Georgian mezzo Ketevan Kemoklidze as Rosina and Marco Vinco as Basilio. There is one performance remaining on March 1st.

Mattia Olivieri and Richard Rittelmann in The Barber of Seville
Upcoming performances for Olivieri include Marcello in Puccini's La bohème in São Paulo, a June recital in Bari, Italy and Ping in Puccini's Turandot at the Bregenz Festival this summer.

Rittelmann will be performing the Fauré in six French cities between March 16-29, Johann Strauss' Der Zigeunerbaron in Turin, Berlioz's Les Troyens in concert with Honorary Barihunk Joyce Di Donato and tenor Bryan Hymel (which will be recorded by Warner Classics) and Puccini's La bohème with San Francisco's Golden Gate Opera in May.

Mattia Olivieri as Figaro
Rossini was born on February 29, 1792. Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini was the most popular opera composer in history. He is best known for The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, William Tell, Moïse et Pharaon (Moses), Semiramide, Il viaggio a Reims, Il turco in Italia, Tancredi, Maometto II (Le siège de Corinthe) and Le comte Ory. His overtures are frequently played by symphony orchestras.

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