World of Chamber OperaInternational Culture Project
In 23 January, 2003, in the Hermitage Theater the World of Chamber Opera Project of the Hermitage Music Academy Foundation presented the premiere of Giovanni Paisiello's opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The opera was written by the Italian composer in St. Petersburg in 1782 when he was the court conductor of Catherine II, and staged at the Hermitage Theater.
Theatrical shows since the 18th century became a tradition of the Czars' Court and accompanied many celebrations. To promote theater in Russia, Catherine II invited famous European composers, musicians, actors, mechanics and designers. When the Hermitage Theater was born, which developed from the Small Hermitage Meetings into a fully-fledged professional theater, the idea of creating a genuine Russian venue became reality.
World of Chamber Opera Project is one of the constituents of the Hermitage
Music Academy Program launched by the State Hermitage Museum with the
purpose of reviving musical traditions of the Imperial Palace.
The opera was restored in cooperation with the Finnish producer center
Tatiana D. Blum Studio and Finnish opera producer Willi Saukkonen. It
was staged at the Hermitage Theater with the participation of the State
Hermitage Orchestra, soloists of the Jean Sibelius Music Academy (Finland)
and Mats Liljefors, conductor of the Baltic Royal Festival (Sweden).