Often viewed as a ‘prequel’ to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, its story contains many of the same characters, cast in a timeless operatic plot concerning an ageing man (Dr Bartolo) who tries to stand between two young lovers (Count Almaviva and Rosina).The ENO’s production – in English – will be a delight. It’s revival of legendary director Jonathan Miller’s production which started its life in 1987. Opera productions don’t live for more than twenty five years unless they’re very, very good. Miller’s ‘Barber’ is one of the definitive versions.
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Terrific young conductor Christopher Allen is likely to unveil new layers of subtlety in the score, and the all-star cast will serve the work consummately. Unlike the work’s Roman premiere, in which the audience, filled with supporters of Rossini’s rivals, jeered and hissed throughout, its performances at the ENO this autumn are sure to be joyous.
|What||The Barber of Seville, London Coliseum|
|Where||London Coliseum, WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
28 Sep 15 – 11 Nov 15, 7:30 PM – 10:20 PM
|Website||Click Here to book via the English National Opera|