Barber of Seville, Royal Opera, February 2023

The team of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier returned to the ROH to direct this revival of their 2005 production, allowing them to make some alterations. The overturning of furniture and damage to the piano in Rosina’s sudden fury, when she believes Bartolo’s claim that her lover was sent to trap her into a loveless marriage, dealt us a terrific scene, and this staging with its clean lines and bright colours charms the eye.  A more musical and beautifully performed Barber of Seville would be hard to find, and the audience loved it. See my review in The Article.

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