31 May 2023
2, 8, 10, 12, 17 June 2023
7, 9, 16, 18, 22 July 2023
Start time: 6.05pm
Interval: 90 minutes
End time: c.10.05pm

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.

Count Almaviva
Andrew Stenson
Johannes Kammler
Katie Bray
Dr Bartolo
Richard Burkhard
Don Basilio
Callum Thorpe
Josephine Goddard
Douglas Boyd
Christopher Luscombe
Simon Higlett
Lighting Designer
Howard Hudson
Movement Director
Ewan Jones
The English Concert
Garsington Opera Chorus
May 2023
Wednesday 31 May
June 2023
Friday 2 June
Thursday 8 June
Saturday 10 June
Monday 12 June
Saturday 17 June
July 2023
Friday 7 July
Sunday 9 July
Sunday 16 July
Tuesday 18 July
Saturday 22 July
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