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The Barber of Seville

Rossini 2016 Festival

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Performers

Christian Collia
Count Almaviva
Anastasia Medvedeva
Rosina
Alexander Robin Baker
Figaro
Alistair Ollerenshaw
Dottor Bartolo
Salvatore Salvaggio
Don Basilio
Julia Hamon
Berta
Samuel Pantcheff
Fiorello
Gaetano Lo Coco
conductor

A Barber of Seville unlike any you have seen before!

This original 1950s staging of the opera with sets and costumes inspired by the Italy of Fellini and De Sica brings to life the two faces of Rossini’s masterpiece – an opera that represents a grimy, self-interested and corrupt society in the most comic and joyful of ways.

Concealed behind the Sevillian setting of Rossini’s Barber, there is a profoundly Italian spirit in its irresistibly charming music and its idiosyncratic characters.

This astonishingly creative young production brings together the next generation of opera stars: 23-year-old Italian tenor Christian Collia (Count Almaviva) has conquered audiences in Italy’s best opera houses, 25-year-old Russian mezzo-soprano Anastasia Medvedeva (Rosina) is a graduate of the Monte Carlo Young Artists Opera Programme, Sicilian bass-baritone Salvatore Salvaggio (Don Basilio) is a specialist in the buffo repertoire, and Alexander Robin Baker (Figaro) is a rising star of the English National Opera.

20-year-old conductor Gaetano Lo Coco leads the acclaimed Rossini 2016 Festival Orchestra, made up of musicians from Europe’s best conservatoires, in this unmissable semi-staged performance of Rossini’s greatest comic opera, composed at the unbelievably young age of 23!

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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