Opera North's 'The Barber of Seville',
enjoyed by MIKE WHEELER
Having sat glumly through a relay of the dismal laugh-free zone that was English National Opera's recent revival of The Barber of Seville, I was looking to Opera North to restore my faith in Rossini's comic masterpiece. Which, in a roundabout sort of way, they did (Theatre Royal, Nottingham, UK, 17 November 2015).
This was my first encounter with Giles Havergal's now twenty-nine-year-old production, in Robert David MacDonald's witty English translation, but by most accounts it appears to have aged well. It was not so much a staging of the opera as a staging of a staging, located in a town square, with a travelling company all set up ready...
Copyright © 28 November 2015