Anatoli Sivko makes his debut at Wiener Staatsoper this evening as Basilio in Rossini’s comic masterpiece Il barbiere di Siviglia. Based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s Le Barber de Séville and written at just 23 years of age, it is said that Rossini completed the work at breakneck speed in just 13 days. The premiere took place in 1816 in Rome.
Anatoli made his debut in the role last season with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, with Classical Source saying, “Anatoli Sivko (Basilio) is an impressive music-master, mobile of face (with faint echoes of a young Vincent Price) whose sneering grin lent much to his superbly articulated ‘Slander’ aria, its rumour-spreading text heightened by clouds of smoke wafting from beneath his cassock: comedy gold!”
Since then he has returned as a guest to Bayerische Staatsoper (Samuel/Un ballo in Maschera) and Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House (Masetto/Don Giovanni). He will return to Wiener Staatsoper this November for three performances as Leporello led by conductor Adam Fischer, and will start 2019 on the concert platform under Vasily Petrenko and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with a performance of Galina Oestvolskaja’s epic work The Dream of Stepan Razin at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Anatoli performs in Il barbiere di Siviglia on 1 and 4 October. Find more information on the Staatsoper’s website.