Friday, May 4, 2012
What You Think: The Barber of Seville
Have you seen or are you planning to see The Barber of Seville? What do you think about the production?
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About this production of The Barber of Seville:
Crusty old Dr Bartolo intends to marry his ward Rosina tomorrow. Young, handsome Almaviva means to beat him to it. With the help of Figaro, the eponymous barber of Seville, he’ll marry her today. This action-packed opera tells of their efforts to dodge Bartolo, woo Rosina and get her married off to Almaviva under Bartolo’s very nose.
Director Elijah Moshinsky and designer Michael Yeargan are responsible for some of Opera Australia’s best loved productions, and this is certainly one of them. First staged in 1995, it is inspired by 1920s Hollywood comedies such as Keystone Cops, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy. Think slapstick stage business, chase scenes and split second comic timing. The larger-than-life action fits perfectly with Rossini’s hectic score and the fast-moving story.
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Posted by Opera Australia at Friday, May 04, 2012