Il Barbiere Di Siviglia - Royal Opera House

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Venue Information
Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House
Bow Street

Seating Plan


(3 mins) The Opera House is off Covent Garden piazza, which is visible from the tube station exit. There is a revolving door entrance at the piazza.

Il Barbiere Di Siviglia

Important Info: Sung in Italian with English surtitles. 

January 2011 sees the classic opera “Il barbiere di Siviglia” – or “The Barber of Seville” – arrive at the Royal Opera House for the latest run of one of the best known shows in the operatic repertoire. Featuring Rory MacDonald as the conductor, alongside the Hungarian performer Levente Molnár in the role of Figaro, it will be a new opportunity to witness what is considered amongst the greatest comic operas of all time.

Gioachino Rossini famously penned the piece back in the early 19th century and it has since survived the test of time to give London theatre audiences a great treat every time it appears in the capital.

The story follows two men competing for the heart of a desirable young woman named Rosina, with an English aristocrat travelling to Seville hoping to complete his task and coming up against some strong competition. Doctor Bartolo, an older man, is also showing plenty of attention to Rosina and it creates a great rivalry for her affection. Hope of resolving the matter may come in the form of Figaro and only time will tell if his quick-thinking ways can save the day. The stand-out cast employed for the production this time around will ensure that this humorous show is brought spectacularly to life and that those with opera tickets will not regret their choice.

In the role of Figaro is Levente Molnár, a Hungarian performer who was a finalist of Cardiff Singer of the World 2007. With a prestigious education behind him he has appeared in roles all over Hungary, with credits that include “Don Giovanni”, “Don Pasquale”, “Cose fan Tutte” and various others. Over the last decade he has accumulated a wealth of experience, having joined the Hungarian State Opera House in 2003, and is a fitting choice to bring the character of Figaro to life once again.

The show’s full title is “Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione” and this translates to “The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution”. It was first seen by an audience back in 1816 when it premiered in Rome and would soon go on to appear on stages worldwide. It was based on a play written by Giovanni Paisiello and has gone on to be considered a glorious example of opera buffa.

And it appears at the Royal Opera House in 2011, ahead of the opening of Anna Nicole and following “Tannhäuser”, which runs over Christmas. “Il barbiere di Siviglia” runs from Tuesday 18th January 2011 to Tuesday 8th February 2011.

Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Booking Until: Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Running Time: 3 hours 30 minutes with one interval
Important Info: Sung in Italian with English surtitles. 
Show Status: production_closed
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