Rossini’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ is one of opera’s most popular works and Wellington audiences can see Glynebourne’s new production (the first since 1994) live at the Wellesley on Tuesday 21st June at 6.30pm.
The plot – based on a classic comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais – tells the story of Count Almaviva’s love for the beautiful Rosina who is locked away as the ward of Dr. Bartolo. The count seeks advice from Figaro, the crafty barber of Seville, who suggests he disguise himself as a drunken soldier in order to be billeted with Bartolo.
The production is directed by Annabel Arden and conducted by Enrique Mazzola, with internationally acclaimed soprano Danielle de Niese as Rosina and Italian baritone Alessandro Corbelli as Dr Bartolo. The young German baritone Bjorn Burger makes his Glyndebourne debut in the title role.
Critics have praised Mazzola’s conducting in creating “a puckish current of merry mischief” and Alessandro Corbelli’s Bartolo has been reviewed as “a tour de farce, the veteran baritone stealing scenes with little more than a quizzically-raised eyebrow.”
Arden’s direction makes much of the humour of the opera, especially in her exploitation of the notion that Figaro can get everywhere. Burger’s barber emerges from walls, trapdoors, even the orchestra pit and, at one point, appearing out of Bartolo’s filing cabinet.
Opera fans can look forward to vibrant and visually stunning production of one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music from Glynebourne’s Festival 2016.
Tickets can be booked in advance on www.wellesleycinema.co.uk.