‘The Bürger-Stayton double act is the answer to all your summertime needs. Sophisticated and funny, they're the ideal complement to a festive sunshine picnic’
‘…conductor Enrique Mazzola gets Rossini’s music to sizzle. No slouching, no lingering here and there – just razor-sharp playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra at helter-skelter speeds.’
'...a convincing reading of the text and a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius'
Il barbiere di Siviglia
22 May-17 July
A new production
Director: Annabel Arden
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Cast includes: Danielle de Niese, Alessandro Corbelli, Taylor Stayton, Björn Bürger
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mischief and mayhem run riot in Rossini’s most popular comedy
Figaro uses every trick he can muster to outwit Dr Bartolo and ensure his master wins his chosen bride. He meets his match in the would-be-bride Rosina, who has schemes of her own.
Glyndebourne favourite Danielle de Niese adds the crafty Rosina to her growing list of bel canto heroines.
Directed by Annabel Arden with playful energy springing from Rossini’s joyous music, this new production heralds the welcome return of a masterpiece not seen at Glyndebourne Festival since 1982.
Dates and times
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Sunday 22 May 4.15pm 6.00pm 8.35pm 2 Thu 26 May 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Sat 28 May 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Wed 1 June 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Sat 4 June 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Wed 8 June 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Fri 10 June 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Fri 17 June 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Tue 21 June 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Fri 24 June 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Sun 26 June 4.15pm 6.00pm 8.35pm 2
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Fri 1 July 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Thu 7 July 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Sun 10 July 4.15pm 6.00pm 8.35pm 2 Thu 14 July 5.30pm 7.15pm 9.50pm 2 Sun 17 July 4.15pm 6.00pm 8.35pm 2
Price band 2
Stalls, Foyer Circle, Circle £260, £245, £220, £205*
Upper Circle £160, £60*L
Boxes £245, £205, £160*L, £120*L, £60*L
Foyer Circle wheelchair spaces † £220, £120*L
Standing £30*, £20*L
Outside Dr Bartolo’s house, Count Almaviva arrives disguised as Lindoro, an impoverished student, to serenade and win Rosina, who is confined indoors. The Count hopes that Rosina will love him for himself and not for his wealth and status. Figaro, the town barber, jack-of-all-trades, and busybody, arrives and tells the Count that Rosina is not Bartolo’s daughter but his ward and that Bartolo himself plans to marry her. Figaro suggests that the Count gain entrance to Bartolo’s house by disguising himself as a soldier with orders to lodge there.
Rosina, alone, reflects on her love for Lindoro and her plans for outwitting Bartolo in order to marry her young suitor, and warns that she can be formidable when crossed. As she leaves, Bartolo arrives with Basilio, Rosina’s music teacher, who warns Bartolo of Count Almaviva’s interest in Rosina. Basilio advises Bartolo to discredit the Count by spreading slander about him, and Bartolo resolves to marry Rosina immediately. Figaro, who has overheard them, encourages Rosina to write a letter to Lindoro which he will deliver.
The Count enters in the guise of a drunken soldier, demands lodging, and stealthily passes a note to Rosina. Bartolo claims exemption from quartering soldiers. Figaro appears, reporting that all of the hubbub has drawn a crowd outside the house. The police arrive to arrest the rowdy ‘soldier,’ but the disguised Count secretly reveals his true identity to their captain and is immediately released. Everyone – except Figaro – is flabbergasted by the events.
Count Almaviva turns up at Bartolo’s house again, now disguised as ‘Don Alonso’, a student of Basilio’s come to substitute for the purportedly ailing music teacher. ‘Don Alonso’ tells Bartolo that he has found a letter from Rosina at the inn where both he and Count Almaviva are staying, and he offers to aid in Bartolo’s plot. Now convinced that ‘Don Alonso’ is indeed a student of the scheming Basilio, Bartolo lets him enter to give Rosina her music lesson. As Bartolo snoozes, Rosina and her ‘Lindoro’ (the double-disguised Count) proclaim their love.
Figaro arrives to give Bartolo a shave and succeeds in secretly pocketing the key to Rosina’s balcony. When Basilio suddenly appears, Figaro, the Count and Rosina bribe him to feign sickness and go home. While Figaro shaves Bartolo, Rosina and the Count plot their elopement. But Bartolo overhears and chases everyone away.
Bartolo instructs Basilio to summon a notary to marry him to Rosina that evening. Bartolo then shows Rosina the very letter she wrote to ‘Lindoro’, ostensibly proving that her suitor is really just a procurer for Count Almaviva. Rosina, crestfallen, agrees to marry Bartolo.
After a thunderstorm rages and subsides, Figaro and the Count climb a ladder to Rosina’s balcony and enter her room with the key. After Rosina expresses her heartbreak at her apparent betrayal, the Count reveals his true identity. The lovers wax romantic while Figaro presses them to escape. But when the Count, Rosina and Figaro go to climb down the ladder, they find it missing. Basilio turns up with the notary, and, ceding to bribery and threats, agrees to witness the marriage between the Count and Rosina. The arrival of Bartolo forces a confrontation and then a resolution.
Cast and creative team
Conductor Enrique Mazzola
Director Annabel Arden
Designer Joanna Parker
Director of Movement Toby Sedgwick
Lighting Designer James Farncombe
Rosina Danielle de Niese
Dr Bartolo Alessandro Corbelli
Count Almaviva Taylor Stayton
Figaro Björn Bürger
Basilio Christophoros Stamboglis
Berta Janis Kelly
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus