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Rossini's The Barber of Seville

Opera North, Leeds and touring, October 7 - November 19, 2015

Photographs by Tristram Kenton, courtesy of  Opera North


This was the third revival of an almost 30 year old production but Richard Wilcocks in Bachtrack (October 8, 2015) spoke of "Opera North's supremely theatrical Barber of Seville" saying that "If it works don't fix it" and giving praise all round for the production, playing, singing and acting. Martin Dreyer (The York Press, October 13, 2015) was more nuanced although seeing it as the best cast of the four productions with Gavin Ring singled out for particular praise.  However, he was still not comfortable with the "play within a play" concept and thought that the orchestra played too fast on occasion. Alfred Hickling (The Guardian, October 8, 2015) also found much to praise in the cast - Gavin Ring displayed "a natural, nicely sardonic baritone and has all the patter off pat", while Katie Bray impressed with "both the emotion and colour of voice to support Rosina‚Äôs challenging range" - but thought the production was showing its age.


The Team


Rosina - Katie Bray

Count Almaviva - Nicholas Watts

Figaro - Gavan Ring

Doctor Bartolo - Eric Roberts

Don Basilio - Alastair Miles / Dean Robinson

Berta - Victoria Sharp

Fiorello - Nicholas Butterfield


Conductor - Stuart Stratford /Timothy Burke

Director - Giles Havergal

Set & Costume Designer - Russell Craig

Lighting Designer - Gerry Jenkinson


Opera North Orchestra and chorus


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Figaro and Dr Bartolo



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Don Basilio, Dr Bartolo, Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina and Berta



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Berta, Rosina, Count Almaviva, Figaro, Don Basilio and Dr Bartolo



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Figaro, Rosina, Count Almaviva and Dr Bartolo



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Rosina and Dr. Bartolo



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Count Almaviva, Figaro and Rosina



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Figaro, Rosina and Count Almaviva




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