Barber of Seville

You may not be surprised to read that due to Covid-19 this year’s summer tour of Rossini’s comic opera’The Barber of Seville’ is being rescheduled for 2021.

But it will certainly be worth waiting for….

Following our plans for our BOIBA competition in November 2020 and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in February 2021 we look forward to staging Rossini’s wonderful comic opera The Barber of Seville in the summer of 2021.

The great news is that Bath Opera already has a tremendous vision for the show from our Director, Jane Clark, together with the guarantee of some excellent musical direction by Peter Blackwood:

Jane has described her production as ‘Restoration Comedy meets Whitehall Farce: 

Although there is subterfuge, sleight of hand and other well worn theatrical conventions, the characters are far from one dimensional. They retain the rounded individuality of those in Beaumarchais’ play on which the opera is based, and reflect the social order of the day.

It is to the play that I have returned time and time again, and to Beaumarchais’ instruction to his cast to ‘keep the pace up’. Like the original play the opera should sparkle. Peter and I hope we have achieved this in our production.


Figaro is of course central to the plot and uses all his cunning and brains to manipulate the rest of the cast. Dr. Bartolo, an elderly Doctor, seeks to make beautiful Rosina more than his guardian by marrying her.  But Rosina has other ideas…

Master of disguises Count Almaviva, (also known as Lindoro, also known as a drunken soldier, also known as a singing teacher!) is madly in love with Rosina – although he has never actually met her!

With Figaro’s help she tries to thwart Bartolo’s plans to marry her. Rosina is certainly no shrinking violet – and rather fancies Lindoro  (who is of course Count Almaviva).

Gentlemen beware if you dare to cross Rosina!

Add to the mix the greedy music teacher Don Basilio who runs with the hare and the hounds but has his price when it comes to whose side he is actually on. We also have the rather dotty rustic housemaid Bertha, who is more of a hindrance than a help.

And the result as you can imagine – is glorious mayhem!

And we have a great cast all lined up and ready to go. Meet the stars of 2021:

Figaro                                                             Bartolo                         Rosina
 Michael Lam / Graham Dalby                         Niall Hoskin     Katherine Cooper

Count Almaviva         Basilio                   Bertha                   Chorus, Notary, Officer
Robert Felstead    Edward Harper     Becky Holden         Richard Hathway / John Clark


But none of this will be possible without your help… 

For as little as 50p a week you can help us stage this fantastic opera with Bath’s own Opera company serving the city and the surrounding area.

Pledge your support by joining as a Friend online and we will enter you into a prize draw to win a bottle of champagne. The prize draw will take place on 31 July 2020.

We look forward to welcoming you as a Friend and thank you for supporting Bath Opera, a registered charity.

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