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Cesare Sterbini

Librettist

Biography

Italian librettist Cesare Sterbini (1784–1831) is best known today for his collaboration with Rossini on Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Sterbini was born in Rome. In addition to his work as a librettist, he was a poet and an official of the Vatican treasury, and was fluent in Greek, Latin, French and German. He wrote his first libretto, Paolo e Virgini, in 1812 for Vincenzo Migliorucci.

Sterbini first worked with Rossini on Torvaldo e Dorlliska in 1815, replacing Jacopo Ferretti. He followed this with Il barbiere di Siviglia in 1816, adapted from Beaumarchais’ play, which became Sterbini’s greatest and most lasting achievement.

News and features

Opera Essentials: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Opera Essentials: Il barbiere di Siviglia

5 September 2014

Our quick guide to Rossini's comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.