The Barber of Seville Reduced Orchestration

The Barber of Seville Reduced Orchestration
Costume designs by Richard Studer


The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Gioachino Rossini

Reduced Orchestration: 1(picc)111 1000 11111 timp/perc (opt) guitar (opt)

Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, timp/perc (optional), guitar (optional)

This orchestral reduction of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is aimed for performance using 10 players. In addition, a Timpani/Percussion part is available as well as a guitar part (which can be played on stage, or by another player, or from a keyboard if one is being used for the recitatives). The number of string players can be increased to create a small string section.

This orchestral reduction includes all the music from the opera and can be performed on period instruments.

This reduced orchestration of The Barber of Seville has been performed throughout the UK, the USA and in Europe. In 2021 it was performed in a ‘drive-in’ production by San Francisco Opera, reviewed by Opera Today, and in 2022 it was performed by the Theater an der Wien at the Wiener Kammeroper in Vienna.

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