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Il barbiere di Siviglia

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19 May–14 July

Opera’s greatest comedy makes a welcome return to the Glyndebourne Festival in Annabel Arden’s stylish, surreal production.

The beautiful Rosina is kept all but prisoner by her guardian Dr Bartolo, who secretly hopes to marry his wealthy ward. But when Count Almaviva falls in love with Rosina from afar, he enlists the help of cunning barber Figaro to help him outwit Bartolo. A comic battle of wills ensues, but will love or greed be triumphant?

Verdi thought it the greatest operatic comedy – a perfect marriage of wit, energy and exhilarating musical invention. Rossini’s score fizzes with virtuosic brilliance, combining bravura solo arias, set to some of the composer’s best-loved melodies, with breath-taking, intricate ensembles, weaving together the story’s many strands into glittering musical and dramatic harmony.

Embracing the opera’s Commedia dell’arte origins, Annabel Arden’s production is suffused with Spanish colour and warmth. Rafael Payare conducts a revival starring 2017 Operalia winner Levy Sekgapane that also reunites the blissful comic double-act of Alessandro Corbelli and Janis Kelly.

What the critics said

‘…joy unalloyed’ WhatsOnStage

‘a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius’ The Independent

‘shines brightly’ The Stage

What the audience said

‘Fabulous cast, brilliant acting and very clever staging.’

‘SO FUNNY!!! I don’t think we have laughed so much in any other performance. Glyndebourne did such a fantastic job that the laughter enhanced the opera throughout.’

‘Having attended Glyndebourne every year since 1973 this was one of the best productions my wife and I have seen!’

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