Michele Spotti to Lead Rossini Opera Festival’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’

By Francisco Salazar

Michele Spotti is set to return to the Rossini Opera Festival for the fourth year in a row. The conductor will lead the company’s autumn production of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”

Performances of the iconic Rossini comedy are scheduled for Nov. 25, 27, and 29 and will star Juan Francisco Gatell, Carlo Lepore, Aya Wakizono, Iurii Samoilov, Michele Pertusi, Elena Zilio, and William Corrò.

In a statement Spotti noted, “‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ has been a major landmark in my development. It was my first Rossini, which I took on as a student at the Conservatory and then studied with the late lamented Maestro Zedda. Destiny decided that it should be the opera selected for the As.Li.Co Opera Domani project.  That incredible, formative tour de force gave me the opportunity and the honor to perform it no less than 137 times all over Italy, in a slightly abridged version, in some wonderful theatres. It was with ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ that I also made my debut in France, conducting at the delightful theatre in Saint-Étienne. This opera is deeply entrenched within me and I have become inextricably bound to it, making it impossible not to conduct it at the Rossini Opera Festival.”

All three performances will be streamed online on the Rossini Opera Festival’s official website.