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Gioachino Rossini

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31 May – 22 July 2023

Figaro here, Figaro there, Figaro up, Figaro down – he’s the Barber of Seville and he’s the ‘go to’ man for everything, from a short back and sides to marriage guidance counselling. In this instance, Count Almaviva has fallen head-over-heels for Rosina, who appears enticingly at her window but is never seen beyond the confines of her house. To her fury and frustration, she’s been locked up by her jealous guardian, Dr Bartolo. Aided and abetted by Figaro, Almaviva serenades Rosina from the street, then manages to gain access by disguising himself first as a soldier in search of a billet, and then as a substitute music teacher.

Rossini’s joyously inventive music makes this a deftly-paced triumph of comic timing. But woe betide anyone taking too many liberties: Adelina Patti, the great 19th century diva, once sang the aria ‘Una voce poco fa’ to Rossini, adding numerous florid embellishments. The composer responded: ‘Very nice, my dear, and who wrote the piece you have just performed?’

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

For performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia, we are encouraging audience members to dress in Mediterranean colours – terracotta, yellow ochre, azure blue etc.

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Il barbiere di Siviglia

31 May – 22 July 2023

31 May – 22 July 2023

Cast & Creative Team


Count Almaviva

Andrew Stenson


Johannes Kammler


Katie Bray

Dr Bartolo

Richard Burkhard

Don Basilio

Callum Thorpe


Josephine Goddard

Creative Team


Douglas Boyd


Christopher Luscombe


Simon Higlett

Lighting Designer

Howard Hudson

Movement Director

Ewan Jones
The English Concert
Garsington Opera Chorus