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.
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