This year marks our 15th annual operatic production with Opera a la Carte who will be returning to the Ballroom at Walcot Hall with their wonderful production of Barber of Seville on 8th and 9th of June.
Rossini’s Barber of Seville is based on a Beaumarchais play of 1775. Paisiello first wrote an opera based on this play in 1780 and Rossini asked his permission before writing his own version in 1816. With a libretto by Sterbini it was rumoured that Rossini completed the composition within 15 days. The premiere was a disaster with Basilio tripping on a trap door and a stray cat wandering onto the stage meowing. There was also an attempt to eclipse Rossini’s efforts by reviving Pasiello’s opera at the same time but not surprisingly Pasiello’s day was gone forever.
Directed by Nicholas Heath this fully staged production of Rossini’s best known comic opera will be sung in Italian. With an additional twist of tango the production set in the 1920’s it will embrace that decade of cultural conflict against a backdrop of decadence.