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    The battle of the sexes becomes a battle of wits in Rossini’s most popular comedy.

    Discover a sultry, surreal world in Annabel Arden’s production

    Clever Figaro, the famous Barber of Seville, has much to gain if he can win Count Almaviva his chosen bride.

    But the crafty would-be bride, Rosina, is already several steps ahead of him, plotting to escape her guardian Dr Bartolo, who has kept her captive for long enough as he wishes to marry her himself.

    Rossini’s most popular comedy comes roaring back in a production whose wit and playful energy spring directly from Rossini’s buoyant music.

    Director Annabel Arden creates a sultry, surreal and subtly Spanish world lightly touched by magic, in which ‘she pulls off trick after trick with such speed and deftness that the eye is constantly delighted and dazzled’ (The Independent).

    See Il barbiere di Siviglia at a venue near you

    8-28 October

    1-4 November
    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre
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    8-11 November
    Woking, New Victoria Theatre
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    15-18 November
    Norwich, Theatre Royal
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    22-25 November
    Milton Keynes Theatre
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    29-2 December
    Plymouth, Theatre Royal
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    Pre-performance talks

    Our pre-performance talks provide a bite-size overview of the opera that follows. Join us for a bite-sized introduction to the featured opera. Each talk is presented by an opera expert and lasts 30 minutes.

    Saturday 14 October at 3.00pm
    Ebert Room, Glyndebourne – Find out more

    Wednesday 1 November
    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre

    Wednesday 8 November
    Woking, New Victoria Theatre

    Wednesday 15 November
    Norwich, Theatre Royal

    Wednesday 22 November
    Milton Keynes Theatre

    Wednesday 29 November
    Plymouth, Theatre Royal

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  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Ben Gernon / Thomas Blunt (8 & 11 November)
    Director Annabel Arden
    Revival Director Sinéad O’Neill
    Designer Joanna Parker
    Director of Movement Toby Sedgewick
    Revival Movement Director Maxime Nourissat
    Lighting Designer James Farncombe
    Revival Lighting Designer David Manion

    The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
    Leader Richard Milone

    Fortepiano continuo Ben-Sau Lau

    The Glyndebourne Chorus
    Chorus Master Nicholas Jenkins

    Cast in order of appearance

    Fiorello Michael Wallace
    Count Almaviva Jack Swanson
    Figaro Tobias Greenhalgh / Gavan Ring (2 December)
    Rosina Laura Verrecchia
    Dr Bartolo Marco Filippo Romano
    Berta Janis Kelly
    Basilio Anatoli Sivko
    Officer Adam Marsden

    Jofre Caraben van der Meer
    Steve Johnstone
    Maxime Nourissat

  • Dates and times


    VenueDateCurtain upShort intervalCurtain down
    Glyndebourne 8 October 2017 4.00pm 5.33pm 6.50pm
    Glyndebourne 11 October 2017 6.30pm 8.03pm 9.20pm
    Glyndebourne 14 October 2017 4.00pm 5.33pm 6.50pm
    Glyndebourne 19 October 2017 6.30pm 8.03pm 9.20pm
    Glyndebourne 22 October 2017 4.00pm 5.33pm 6.50pm
    Glyndebourne 25 October 2017 4.00pm 5.33pm 6.50pm
    Glyndebourne 28 October 20174.00pm 5.33pm 6.50pm


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    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 1 November 2017
    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 4 November 2017


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    Woking, New Victoria Theatre 8 November 2017
    Woking, New Victoria Theatre 11 November 2017


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    Norwich, Theatre Royal 15 November 2017
    Norwich, Theatre Royal 18 November 2017

    Milton Keynes

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    Milton Keynes Theatre 22 November 2017
    Milton Keynes Theatre 25 November 2017


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    Plymouth, Theatre Royal 29 November 2017
    Plymouth, Theatre Royal 2 December 2017

  • Synopsis

    Act I

    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.

    Act II

    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.