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The Barber of Seville

Rossini

New Production

Spring 2016

The Barber of Seville should be available on the NHS. Upbeat and optimistic, Rossini’s sunniest creation is the perfect pick-me up. Its fantastic slapstick energy is destined to rub off on anyone who sees it.

The pace is fast and never lets up from the start. Everyone is carried along by a whirlwind of crazy disguises, twists and turns and unlikely interventions. Barber opens with one of the best loved of all overtures, full of wit and playfulness. Figaro lets us know he is society’s problem solver in the great comic aria, ‘Largo al factotum’. Rosina’s sparkling aria ‘Una voce poco fa’ makes it very clear that she’s not someone you’d want to mess with.

We have assembled an exceptional cast of comic performers including the peerless Andrew Shore as the greedy Doctor Bartolo. This is our first new production of The Barber of Seville for nearly 30 years. It is the perfect opportunity to bask in the warmth and sunniness of this ultimate feel-good opera with a sparkling new translation by Kelley Rourke.

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• Performances start at 7.15pm

• Running time approximately two hours and 50 minutes including one interval

• Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno

Co-production with Grand Théâtre de Genève Supported by WNO Partners

Conductor James Southall
Director Sam Brown
Set Designer Ralph Koltai
Costume Designer Sue Blane
Lighting Designer Linus Fellbom
Assistant Set Designer Robin Don

Cast
Figaro Nicholas Lester
Rosina Claire Booth
Count Almaviva Nico Darmanin
Bartolo Andrew Shore
Basilio Richard Wiegold

Figaro, a quick-witted barber, agrees (for a generous sum) to help Count Almaviva woo Rosina, the closely-guarded ward of the
greedy Doctor Bartolo, who fancies her and her substantial inheritance for himself. Together,
the lovers and their friseur plot an escape that involves bribery, subterfuge and numerous comic disguises along the way.

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