Gioacchino Rossini and Barbaja.
Every year the Rossini Opera Festival is held in the city of Pesaro, where the composer Gioacchino Rossini was born in 1792.
In 2017 the ROF is in its XXXVIII edition and attracts opera fans from all over the world.
So in August, during the ROF, our Guests are all Opera, Bel Canto and Villa Giulia lovers!
One of them is Philip Eisenbeiss, a cultured and exquisite person. Very fond of the Opera, and in particular of Gioacchino Rossini, after in-depth studies on the nineteenth-century Melodrama and Bel Canto has published a biography of Domenico Barbaja (1778-1841) with the title of “Bel Canto Bully”
From coffee waiter Domenico Barbaja became one of the most powerful men of his time, thanks to an exceptional flair for musical talents and unparalleled business acumen.
Barbaja gave to the world Opera composers such as Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini, and with a mixture of ruthlessness, gambling and organizational intelligence has been able to build an economic and political empire extended over all the capitals of Europe.
His story, in which mingle the Napoleonic wars, gambling, melodrama, beautiful singing and the splendor of the Italian landscape, has been solidly documented and written with great narrative taste by Philip Eisenbeiss.
“I composed the Overture of Otello in a small room of the Barbaja home, where the bald and the fiercest of that businessmen had locked me with no other thing that a plate of macaroni, and with the threat of not being able to leave the room , during life, until I had written the last note. ”
Philip Eisenbeiss is born in Germany and lived in Switzerland, US, Italy and the Far East. Banker and headhunter for finance who now lives in Hong Kong, is passionate about Opera, board member of the Hong Kong Opera and has conducted extensive studies of the nineteenth century Melodrama and Bel Canto.
The extraordinary contrast between the passion for Opera of Philip and his work in the super technological Hong Kong may seem stark, but it reminds us that “not by bread alone does man live” and produced this very interesting reconstruction of a life which itself is a work of art.