Gioachino Rossini’s Barber of Seville
A Charles Court Production commissioned by Iford Arts
A resourceful young girl is imprisoned by her lecherous older guardian. Outside the window the noble suitor (incognito of course) woos her in song. Enter Figaro the inventive barber tirelessly manipulating his betters from the moment of his impressive entrance aria – which everyone knows. It’s a classic Italian commedia del arte and, many would say, never bettered. Here, it is given a wickedly inventive Charles Court Opera twist, sung in English, in a new sparkling translation. Rossini’s incomparable score and witty musical illustration of every character and turn of the story cannot fail to exhilarate. Whether furtive or frenzied, restrained or reckless The Barber of Seville truly is comedy in music with every nuance exploited. It is created for Iford Arts by Charles Court Opera, who brought us their spellbinding production of The Magic Flute in 2016. Youthful energy never flags in this new bright and breezy production from the company’s Artistic Director, John Savournin, conducted by David Eaton.
Director: John Savournin
Conductor: David Eaton
Designer: Sean Turner
COUNT ALMAVIVA John Colyn-Gyeantey
FIGARO Philip Smith
ROSINA Samantha Price
DOCTOR BARTOLO Richard Suart
DON BASILIO Matthew Kellett
BERTA Andrea Tweedale
FIORELLO/POLICEMAN Mathew Palmer
Sung in English
Photographer Sebastian Valentine
“Iford is a tiny operatic heaven” Rian Evans – The Guardian
Iford Arts is proud to present a new production created for our forthcoming season by John Savournin, to be premiered at Iford by his brilliant young company Charles Court Opera, with conductor David Eaton. Described in the Daily Telegraph as “A force of nature” and increasingly in demand both at home and abroad as acclaimed performer and director, John Savournin has gained a reputation for his high-energy productions of opera, light opera and musical theatre.
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Opera Tickets £121 (Mon – Fri) £125 (Sat)
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