The Barber of Seville

6 June - 7 August, 2019

One of the craziest operatic comedies ever written. Rossini’s razor-sharp musical wit delivers in riotous technicolour.

Dashing Count Almaviva is in love with the feisty young Rosina. But her guardian, Dr Bartolo, is determined to marry her himself. Cue Figaro – also known as The Barber of Seville – with a series of hare-brained schemes, one of which just might work.

An opera buffa in two acts by Giochino Rossini with Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto is based on Beaumarchais’s French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) premiered on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

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“The Barber of Seville is perfect wintertime solace, right through to the razzle-dazzle of its joyous grand finale.” – William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

“NZ Opera’s fast, bright, and witty production continues this tradition and as with all proper happy endings, in the end love and laughter triumph over useless precautions.”  – RNZ Concert

“this Barber of Seville nevertheless lived up to its billing as being “riotously funny” and sent the audience out into a cold winter’s evening with a smile on their faces and warmth in their hearts.” – The Opera Critic


Creative team

Conductor Wyn Davies
Director Lindy Hume
Set and Costume Designer Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Assistant Director Jacqueline Coats



Count Almaviva John Tessier
Rosina Sandra Piques Eddy
Figaro Morgan Pearse
Dr Bartolo Andrew Collis
Don Basilio Ashraf Sewailam
Berta Morag Atchison
Fiorello/Officer James Harrison/Joel Amosa



Accompanied by Orchestra Wellington and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

A New Zealand Opera co-production with Opera Queensland and Seattle Opera

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