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RNS & Nevill Holt: The Barber of Seville

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RNS & Nevill Holt: The Barber of Seville


Dinis Sousa Conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Nevill Holt Opera

Royal Northern Sinfonia and Nevill Holt Opera are delighted to present a brand new production of Rossini’s comic opera The Barber of Seville. One of the most popular operas in the world, it’s a witty comedy that proves the course of true love is rarely smooth as barber Figaro assists Count Almaviva in his mission to win the heart of beautiful Rosina and marry her, despite the objections of her guardian Dr Bartolo. Sparkling with memorable melodies and exquisite arias (‘Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!’), it promises to be an entertaining and enjoyable experience for all.

‘Outrageously amusing and entertaining […] an excitingly good production’ (Seen and Heard International)

‘the clear and precise playing of the Royal Northern Sinfonia is a plus – right from the beginning of the overture it sells Rossini’s score with conviction.(The Stage)

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Running time
Act 1 – 1 hour, 40 minutes
Act 2 – 50 minutes
Total – approximately 3 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)

Sung in Italian with English titles

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Liam Bonthrone Count Almaviva
Michel de Souza Figaro
Sarah Champion Rosina
Grant Doyle Dr Bartolo
Andri Björn Róbertsson Don Basilio
Janis Kelly Berta
Malachy Frame Fiorello
William Diggle Ambrogio
William Kyle Police Officer
Tom Deazley Notary


Archie Buchanan tenor
Tom Deazley tenor
Cameron Mitchell tenor
Joel Casey Tay Jia-Jie bass
William Diggle bass
William Kyle bass



Creative Team

Dinis Sousa Conductor
Anna Morrissey Director & Movement
Alex Berry Designer
Jamie Platt Lighting Designer
Thomas Henderson Assistant Director
Mandy Gordon Assistant Movement Director
Kevin McCurdy Fight Director
Ashley Beauchamp Head of Music
Peter Davies Repetiteur/Fortepiano
Alessandra Fasolo Language Coach