Rossini’s The Barber of Seville – one of opera’s great gems – returns to the Irish stage this season in an effervescent new production by Lyric Opera on October 12th, 13th and 15th. A beautiful and fully staged production, it features Irish and international soloists, orchestra and chorus. The Barber of Seville is a comic masterpiece with a sparkling score – a must for opera lovers!
Directed by Vivian Coates, it features some of the most exceptional talents in international opera. Figaro is sung by exciting Greek baritone GEORGIOS IATROU, who has wowed audiences with his performances in this role to date. Stunning English mezzo soprano GRACE DURHAM joins us from the SemperOper, Dresden to sing Rosina. Grace is the winner of the 2019 Cesti Competition, which forms part of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. The competition features singers from all over the world specializing in the performance of Baroque opera, and Grace was a popular and worthy winner.
American super tenor RANDALL BILLS, who is blazing a trail through Europe, sings the Count of Almaviva. And Irish opera favourites JOHN MOLLLOY and SANDRA OMAN join the cast as Basilio and Bertha. The Lyric Opera Orchestra and chorus accompany, conducted by TIMOTHY BURKE.
Set in 18 Century Seville, Gioacchino Rossini’s greatest masterpiece is brought to vivid life by Lyric Opera. When the handsome Count Almaviva falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful Rosina, he solicits Figaro, the town’s wily barber, to help win her favour and to make a fool of her ridiculous guardian, Dr. Bartolo. It is a fairy tale of twists and turns and mistaken identities, where young love triumphs – all wrapped up in Rossini’s unmistakable and masterful music.
The Barber of Seville runs for three performances only, Sat October 12th at 7.30pm, Sunday Oct 13th at 3pm and Tues Oct 15th at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at €25 – €48. Booking at the National Concert Hall on 01 417 0000 or at .

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