Costume and set designs for Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Glyndebourne, 1954)

Scope and Content

This series includes notes, sketches and designs for the set and costumes of Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Administrative / Biographical History

Il Barbiere di Siviglia, an opera (1816) in two acts, was composed by Rossini with libretto by Sterbini after Beaumarchais's comedy of the same name (1775). Oliver Messel's production was first performed by the Glyndebourne Festival Opera at Glyndebourne on 10 June, 1954; directed by Carl Ebert, featuring Bruscantini as Figaro and Graziella Sciutti as Rosina. It was revived at the Edinburgh Festival in 1955 and at Glyndebourne in 1961. Roger Pinkham has said of this production that "Messel chose a palette which echoed the contrasted and thus dramatic coloration of Goya's paintings." (Pinkham, ed., 1983).