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What you thought of: Il barbiere di Siviglia

You can read a selection of press reviews and audience reactions below.

The curtain has now gone up on this summer’s revival of Annabel Arden’s production of Il barbiere di siviglia.

Read what the critics and audience had to say about the production.

Il barbiere di Siviglia – audience reaction

Audience reaction

‘Amazingly good.  Probably the best sung Barber I have seen.’

– Audience member

‘Fabulous singing, great acting, brilliant set & wonderful music!’

– Audience member

‘Amaviva and Rosina were phenomenal. Singing and acting world class.’

– Audience member

What the critics are saying

‘Hera Hyesang Park [’s] singing as Rossini’s determinedly provocative heroine Rosina is indeed phenomenal… Hyesang Park inhabited the role and made it her own’

–  The Times

‘the Glyndebourne Chorus in fine voice and the London Philharmonic on terrific form under Rafael Payare’

–  Daily Telegraph

‘a sparkling revival… Levy Sekgapane lit up the stage… Park’s spitfire Rosina… wowed in the zinging duet with Andrei Zhilikhovsky’s lovable rogue of a Figaro.’

–  Bachtrack

‘Levy Sekgapane…has genuine mastery of this florid music, allied to a bright, ringing tone. Yet he brings more reflective shades into the mix: this is a rather macho and confident Almaviva who manages his disguises well.’

– Classical Source

‘The sets are stylish and eye-poppingly colourful… and the costumes are a riot of influences from Balenciaga to commedia dell’arte.’

–  The Stage

Il barbiere di Siviglia is on stage at Festival 2019 from 19 May – 14 July

Image credits: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Festival 2019. Photos by Robert Workman.

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