Opéra de Paris Warns That ‘Barbiere di Siviglia’ Opening Night Could Be Postponed

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

The Opéra National de Paris just issued a warning on its website, noting that the opening night of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” might be affected due to ongoing strike in France.

The strike against the French government pension reform has hit the company extensively, leading to a number of high profile cancellations in December, including performances of Borodin’s “Prince Igor” with Ildar Abdrazakov, Elena Stikhina, Dmitry Ulyanov and Anita Rachvelishvilli, as well as Belllini’s “Il Pirata” with a cast that included Sondra Radvanovsky, Michael Spyres, and Ludovic Tézier.

Opening night of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” is scheduled to take place on January 11, with a cast that includes Xabier Anduaga, Lisette Oropesa, Carlo Lepore, and Florian Sempey and Ilya Kutyukhin alternating in the role of Figaro. Carlo Montanaro is set to conduct the production by Damiano Michieletto.