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The Barber of Seville

Rossini - Spring 2012

Thomas Guthrie directs a work of comic genius – and one of the most popular operas in the repertoire.

Conductor 
Paul McGrath
Associate Conductor 
Timothy Carey
Director 
Thomas Guthrie
Designer 
Rhys Jarman
Lighting Designer 
Guy Hoare

A classic comedy, razor-sharp and musically opulent, this is an opera that is always bright and fresh. ETO’s new production is set in period Seville, but with a modern splash of colour that matches the cheek of Beaumarchais’ original play and Rossini’s vocal and orchestral brilliance.

The ever resourceful barber, Figaro (Grant Doyle/Cozmin Sime), lends a hand to an ardent young count (tenor Nicholas Sharratt) in his courtship of an intelligent beauty (Kitty Whately, winner of the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Award) who is being forced to marry her miserly guardian (Andrew Slater).

Though the weather – and the plotting – gets very stormy indeed, the youthful and cunning prevail; their victory is celebrated in music of pure joy, with ETO’s acclaimed orchestra conducted by Paul McGrath.

New production
Sung in English
Running time: 2 hours and 46 minutes (including interval)

The story

Click here to read a plot summary of the opera.

Interviews, videos and trailers


Production trailer by Nick Howard

“Absolutely amazing”: audience reactions

Grant Doyle sings Figaro’s aria on BBC Radio 3 In Tune

ETO on BBC Radio 3 In Tune by English Touring Opera
Courtesy of BBC Radio 3 In Tune. All rights reserved.

The music

Click through to listen to a sample of music from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

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Reviews and audience comments

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  6. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    26th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  7. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    28th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  8. Lighthouse, Poole
    30th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  9. York Theatre Royal
    3rd Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  10. Norwich Theatre Royal
    10th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  12. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    16th Apr 2012 - 7:45 pm
  13. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    18th Apr 2012 - 7:45 pm
  14. The Hawth, Crawley
    20th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  15. G Live Guildford
    23rd Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  16. Buxton Opera House
    26th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  17. Buxton Opera House
    28th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  18. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    1st May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  19. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    3rd May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  20. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  21. Warwick Arts Centre
    9th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  22. Warwick Arts Centre
    12th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  23. Gala Theatre, Durham
    14th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  24. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    17th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  25. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    19th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  26. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    22nd May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  27. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  28. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 8th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 10th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 20th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 22nd Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 23rd Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  6. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 26th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  7. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 28th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  8. Lighthouse, Poole — 30th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  9. York Theatre Royal — 3rd Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

  10. Norwich Theatre Royal — 10th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 13th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  12. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 16th Apr 2012 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  13. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 18th Apr 2012 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  14. The Hawth, Crawley — 20th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  15. G Live Guildford — 23rd Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm

    London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA

  16. Buxton Opera House — 26th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  17. Buxton Opera House — 28th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  18. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 1st May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  19. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 3rd May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  20. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 4th May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  21. Warwick Arts Centre — 9th May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  22. Warwick Arts Centre — 12th May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  23. Gala Theatre, Durham — 14th May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  24. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 17th May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  25. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 19th May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  26. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 22nd May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  27. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 24th May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  28. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 25th May 2012 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

Paul McGrath

Paul McGrath

Conductor

Paul McGrath trained at National Opera Studio, London and Royal Northern College of Music. A former assistant to Sir Georg Solti, he made his professional début conducting Donizetti’s L’Ajo nell´imbarazzo at the Batignano Festival, Italy.

Notable amongst his European engagements are: Jonathan Dove’s Flight for De Vlaamse Opera; the world première of Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song for Almeida Opera, La Perichole for the Theater Basel and Orpheus in the Underworld and Die Zauberflöte for Opera North.

He has conducted at the BBC Proms and as Associate Conductor with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. His collaboration with Michael Nyman includes recordings of Love Counts and Man and Boy: Dada.

Timothy Carey

Timothy Carey

Associate Conductor

Recent theatre performances include appearances at The London Coliseum in the presence of HRH Prince Andrew, The Hong Kong Arts Festival and a return visit to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu.

A devoted advocate of new music, he has collaborated with The Opera Group, Opera W11 and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on new operas by Edward Rushton, Julian Philips, Stuart Hancock, and Jonathan Dove.

Recent opera engagements have included assisting on The Queen of Spades (Opera North) and Salome (Singapore Lyric Opera).

Previously for ETO, he has conducted The Marriage of Figaro, La Clemenza di Tito, Don Pasquale, Fantastic Mr Fox also assisting on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Born in London, Timothy Carey studied the cello with Casals-pupil, Christopher Bunting in addition to the piano from a young age. He went on to study conducting with Prof. Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.

Thomas Guthrie

Thomas Guthrie

Director

A former Jette Parker Young Artist stage director at Royal Opera House, the singer and stage director Thomas Guthrie studied at Cambridge University and Royal Northern College of Music.

Productions include Mozart’s Magic Flute, Der Stein der Weisen, Impresario, Purcell’s Fairy Queen and King Arthur, Donizetti’s Rita, the David Owen Norris and Mozart triple bill Two Murders and a Marriage, Schubert’s Winterreise, Walton’s The Bear, and Bach’s St John Passion and the world premiere of Bootmaker’s Daughter at Brighton Festival.

Last year he directed Ludd and Isis, an opera written and performed by the local community to launch the new ROH Production Park, described in Opera Now as ‘one of the ROH’s greatest achievements’. Plans include work for Classical Opera Company (Orfeo), the Little Angel (Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin), the Barber Institute, ROH and Wexford Festival.

Rhys Jarman

Rhys Jarman

Designer

Rhys Jarman was one of four winners of the Linbury Biennial Prize 2007 designing Varjak Paw for The Opera Group. Most recently he has designed The Sleeper with Welsh National Opera Max, and Romeo & Juliet with Nightlight Theatre.

Rhys is currently working on Missing with Gecko Theatre. Recent design credits include Diary of a Nobody at Northampton Royal & Derngate, Ludd & Isis with The Royal Opera House and Mission to Mars with Unlimited Theatre.

Other designs include Time for the Good Looking Boy directed by Iqbal Kahn, Adventures Inside at The Lyric, set designer on series 5 of BBC’s Dr Who, Number 5 with Gecko Theatre, The Moon The Moon with Unlimited Theatre, Simon Godwin’s revival of The Country by Martin Crimp and The Bear for The Young Artists Program at the Royal Opera House.

Guy Hoare

Guy Hoare

Lighting Designer

Opera includes: The Lighthouse; Albert Herring; Gianni Schicchi; Il Tabarro; Promised End; Katya Kabanova; Don Giovanni; Eugene Onegin (ETO); Jakob Lenz (ENO); American Lulu; The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (The Opera Group).

Theatre includes: Strange Interlude (National); Roots; Serenading Louie; Be Near Me (Donmar); A Doll’s House (Young Vic); NSFW; In Basildon (Royal Court); A Delicate Balance; Waste (Almeida); Peter Pan (NTS); The Little Mermaid, Faith Healer (BOV); Rutherford & Son; Othello (Northern Broadsides).

Dance includes: The Metamorphosis (Royal Ballet); The Land of Yes, The Land of No (Sydney Dance Company); Frontline (Aterbaletto); Dream (NDCWales); Pavlova’s Dogs (Scottish Dance Theatre); Dracula (Mark Bruce Company); Mischief (Theatre Rites).

Cast

Nicholas Sharratt

Nicholas Sharratt

Tenor

Count Almaviva

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Tamino will be sung by Mr Nicholas Sharratt for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Cheltenham (4 April), Leicester (7 April), York (15 April), Crawley (5 May), Warwick (9 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (30 May).

Born in Nottingham, Nicholas studied Commerce at Birmingham University, and singing at the RNCM and the NOS as a Peter Moores Foundation scholar. He has been a guest artist for Glyndebourne, SO, ON, Grange Park, Garsington, Early Opera Company; and worked with Sir Mark Elder, Sir Simon Rattle, Nicholas McGegan and David Parry. In concert, he has sung Parry Jones A Serenade to Music at the BBC Proms (LSO/Sir Andrew Davis); Tirsi La Danza at Wigmore Hall (Christian Curnyn); Messiah at Cadogan Hall; Camille The Merry Widow at the RFH (Philharmonia/John Wilson). For ETO: Ernesto Don Pasquale, Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Almaviva The Barber of Seville.

Kitty Whately

Kitty Whately

Mezzo soprano

Rosina

Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award 2011 and the 59th Royal Over-seas League Award for Singers, British mezzo soprano Kitty Whately trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She was also a finalist at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition 2010.

Kitty has recently sung Rosina The Barber of Seville for English Touring Opera, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella Così fan tutte and Eduige Rodelinda for RCMIOS, Kate Owen Wingrave for Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival, and Edith in Arne’s Alfred for the Classical Opera Company. She has also sung cover roles in the world premiere of Peter Etvos’ Love and Other Demons for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Idamante Idomeneo for Buxton Festival Opera. Other operatic roles include Nancy Albert Herring, Juno Semele, Second Lady The Magic Flute, and Johanna Sweeney Todd.

On the recital platform, Kitty has worked with Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Gary Matthewman and Joseph Middleton. She has given recitals at Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Room (RAH), and Kings Place. A Samling Foundation Scholar, Kitty has also participated in a workshop week with Sir Thomas Allen and Roger Vignoles in 2010.

Highlights in 2012/13 season include her debut at the English National Opera, playing several roles in The Pilgrim’s Progress, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at St John’s Smith Square, Messiah at RAH, the Verbier Festival Christmas Concert, Dorabella Così fan tutte for English Touring Opera, Canteloube Chansons d’Auvergne with RPO at RFH, and a recital of Shakespeare settings at Wigmore Hall.

Kitty Whately was awarded the Cuthbert Smith prize, the Ted Moss and Bertha Taylor-Stach lieder prize and 1st place in the Joan Chissell Schumann competition. She is also supported by the English Touring Opera Young Artist Programme.

Grant Doyle

Grant Doyle

Baritone

Figaro (8 Mar-13 Apr)

Grant Doyle studied at the RCM and was a member of the Young Artists Programme, ROH 2001–3. He has also sung for ON, SO, Garsington, OHP, Glyndebourne on Tour, Teatro Real, Madrid, Deutsche Opera, Berlin and State Opera of South Australia.

Roles include Don Giovanni, Count Le nozze di Figaro, Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles, Marcello La Bohème, Ping Turandot, Figaro Barber of Seville, Robin Oakapple Ruddigore, Eugene Onegin, Ned Keene Peter Grimes and the Forester Cunning Little Vixen. For ROH he created Abraham in MacMillan’s Clemency and Billy Wayne Smith in Turnage’s Anna Nicole.

Cozmin Sime

Cozmin Sime

Baritone

Figaro (16 Apr-25 May)

Romanian baritone Cozmin Sime is a graduate of the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music. He has attended masterclasses with Ion Buzea, Tom Krause, Susanna Eken, Sally Burgess, John Norris, Margreet Honigh, Barbara Bonney, Nelly Miricioiu and Alfred Brendel.

While a student Cozmin sang the roles of Count Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, Dandini, La cenerentola, and Belcore, L’elisir d’amore. In Bucharest he sang the role of Marcello, La bohème at the National Opera of Bucharest and at the National Opera of Cluj-Napoca he performed the role of Nick Shadow in the national première of The Rake’s Progress.

Cozmin made his international debut as Claudio, Emilia di Liverpool (European Opera Centre) following which he was invited to the Mozart Academy at Aix-en Provence Festival. Cozmin has won many major music and vocal competitions, including lied and opera, in Romania as well as La Competition des jeunes solistes at St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France. Future plans include: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte (Dubrovnik Opera Festival).

Cheryl Enever

Cheryl Enever

Soprano

Berta

Cheryl Enever graduated from Bath Spa University as a cellist before training as a lyric soprano. She has sung for Royal Opera House, creating the lead soprano role of Joanna in the community opera Ludd and Isis; Franzi, Wienerblut, Tatyana, Eugene Onegin, Donna Anna, Don Giovanni and First Lady, Magic Flute (for ETO).

Other roles include Tosca, Tosca, Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte and Pamina, Magic Flute (Opera a la Carte); Countess Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro and Donna Anna under Ben Ellin; Countess, Capriccio (The Wagner Society); Eva, Der Meistersinger, The Mastersingers under Anthony Legge at the Linbury Studio Theatre; cover Tamiri, Il Re Pastore for the Classical Opera Company; and Sandrina, L’infedeltà delusa (BCO).

Her concert work has included Verdi Requiem (Cadogan Hall); Brahms Requiem, Mahler Fourth and Eighth Symphonies (BIF); Beethoven Ninth Symphony and Mass in C (Rochester Cathedral); Mozart C Minor Mass, Requiem (St John’s Smith Square, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge), Solemn Vespers and Exsultate Jubilate (Queen Elizabeth Hall); Fanshawe African Sanctus; Handel Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra.

Alan Fairs

Alan Fairs

Bass-baritone

Basilio

Alan Fairs has performed with WNO, as Dikoj, Katya Kabanova, Bartolo, The Marriage of Figaro, Basilio, The Barber of Seville, Dulcamara, L’elisir d’amore, Swallow, Peter Grimes, Monterone, Rigoletto, Sacristan, Tosca, Bonzo Madame Butterfly, Magnifico, La Cenerentola, and Talpa, Il tabarro.

At Glyndebourne, Alan has sung Antonio, The Marriage of Figaro, Starveling, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Micha and Kecal, The Bartered Bride. With Scottish Opera he has sung Bonzo, Madame Butterfly, Kommissar, Der Rosenkavalier, Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor, Le Comte des Grieux, Manon and Monterone, Rigoletto and also appeared as a concert soloist.

Elsewhere, he has sung a wide-ranging repertoire of roles, from Osmin and Sarastro to Falstaff, and Alberich, Das Rheingold. Recent concerts have included Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Dvořàk’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation and Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions and his B Minor Mass. He looks forward to a Diamond Jubilee performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom on Elgar’s birthday in Worcester Cathedral with English String Orchestra.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Bass-baritone

Bartolo

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Sarastro will be sung by Mr Andrew Slater for the following performances: London (7, 8 March), Poole (13 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3, 4 April), Leicester (7 April), Sheffield (11 April), Canterbury (22 April), Norwich (27 April), Coventry (9, 10 May), Exeter (14, 15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (29, 30 May).

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

Toby Girling

Toby Girling

Baritone

Fiorello

Toby Girling has just finished his studies at Frankfurt Opera Studio. He is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues to study with Robert Dean.

He was a member of the Glyndebourne Opera Festival Chorus in 2010 in the Michael Grandage production of Billy Budd, in which he also sang the role of Arthur Jones and covered the role of Donald. Previous engagements have included Ceprano, Rigoletto (Iford Festival), the Narrator in Conor Mitchell’s The Musician (Belfast Festival), Dancaire, Carmen (Swindon Opera) and Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas.

Toby has taken part in recitals on BBC Radio 3 as well as in venues throughout the UK. As a member of Frankfurt Opera Studio his appearances this season include roles in Don Carlos, Tristan und Isolde, La Vida Breve and Daphne, as well as a number of ‘Young Artists’ concerts and productions. Last summer Toby sang Guglielmo, Così fan tutte and the Sorceress, Dido and Aeneas at the Verbier Festival Academy and he made his debut at the Wexford Festival in the autumn.

“Sharratt emerged in every sense the hero: a chameleon in manner, movements worthy of commedia dell’arte, and a commanding vocal presence.”

**** (4 STARS) The Independent

“A new and refreshingly straightforward Barber of Seville.”

**** (4 STARS) Sunday Telegraph

“The delightful Rosina of Kitty Whately … is impeccable. I haven’t seen such a confident debut in a long time”

The Sunday Times

ETO is nothing if not consistent in the work it does, and in this production it has a sure fire hit on its hands. As a scintillating evening of high quality entertainment it’s hard to beat.”

**** (4 STARS) Opera Britannia

“The orchestra should be congratulated first, along with the conductor as they delivered the best rendition of the overture I have heard in a long time.”

**** (4 STARS) What’s On Stage

“Hugely entertaining and highly recommended”

The Stage

“It renders a well-beloved work faithfully, inventively and humourously. If you want to hear classic comic opera or simply want some lovely music and an evening’s escape, I can’t think of better.”

**** (4 STARS) Bachtrack

“Full of energy and vivid character … Funny and enjoyable in all the right ways.”

Opera Today

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  6. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    26th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  7. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    28th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  8. Lighthouse, Poole
    30th Mar 2012 - 7:30 pm
  9. York Theatre Royal
    3rd Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  10. Norwich Theatre Royal
    10th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  12. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    16th Apr 2012 - 7:45 pm
  13. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    18th Apr 2012 - 7:45 pm
  14. The Hawth, Crawley
    20th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  15. G Live Guildford
    23rd Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  16. Buxton Opera House
    26th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  17. Buxton Opera House
    28th Apr 2012 - 7:30 pm
  18. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    1st May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  19. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    3rd May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  20. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  21. Warwick Arts Centre
    9th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  22. Warwick Arts Centre
    12th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  23. Gala Theatre, Durham
    14th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  24. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    17th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  25. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    19th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  26. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    22nd May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  27. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th May 2012 - 7:30 pm
  28. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th May 2012 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Your production of "The Barber of Seville" was truly magical, transporting me into another world. Everything about the production was outstanding: the cast for their singing and acting, the orchestra, the sets, the libretto in English which enabled one to follow all the innuendos and twists of the plot, and all the comic touches. I was not alone in enjoying this production. As I left the Hall for Cornwall I overheard others all around me commenting on how outstanding the production was. So a VERY, VERY BIG THANK YOU to all concerned.

    Said Rosemary L. at 10:14am on 16th Apr 2012

  2. Have just seen The Barber of Seville in Cheltenham. We had a lovely time and thought everyone was very enthusiastic in their roles. It was my first opera so I would like to see more !

    Said Sarah Courtney-Smith at 09:14am on 2nd May 2012

  3. It’s an absolute delight - it just sparkles. I love this company because they’re so committed: it really comes across that they enjoy everything they do.

    Said Audience member (Warwick Arts Centre) at 16:09pm on 11th May 2012

  4. We saw Barber of Seville at The Hawth, Crawley and absolutely loved the production. It was just excellent. Will be awaiting your return!

    Said Laura Forster at 19:18pm on 14th May 2012

  5. Saw my first opera, Barber of Seville, at Cambridge last night. Loved it! Funny, uplifting and a great introduction to the world of opera. Thank you everyone it was fabulous :)

    Said Washer Woman at 09:19am on 23rd May 2012

  6. I was almost distraught that you had missed out the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton this last season. I have been following you for 5 years now and have realised that not ALL opera is good but that ETO is invariably good. So I decided to make the (lengthy bus/train) journey to Cheltenham and conned a friend into the 90 mile trip to pick me up and take me home after the performance (!). The Barber of Seville was simply astounding. I only hope that the performers had as much fun and enjoyment from it as I did. It was very funny and I was laughing out loud. Not only are they top class singers but also excellent actors. I only wished that I could have seen it again the following evening! Thank you for a brilliant performance.

    Said Maggie N. at 10:14am on 8th Jun 2012

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