New Zealand Opera kick off their 2019 season with the riotous and utterly hilarious Barber of Seville, which will take to stages in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Director Linda Hume, lighting designer Matthew Marshall and acclaimed Kiwi designer Tracy Grant Lord rounds up the creative trifecta that will bring the operatic spectacle to life.
The Barber of Seville tells the tale of Rosina who is trapped inside and longs for escape. She hears enticing news from Figaro of the world outside those doors – a world of freedom and excitement, of noisy musicians and nosy neighbours, of Paris fashions, gossip and most thrillingly, a world of romance and adventure. And on the other side of her window, the Count Almaviva sings as he dreams of breaking down the doors to rescue her.
The international lineup of star-studded operatic talent is outstanding – American mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy takes on Rosina with support from John Tessier as Count Almaviva, Andrew Collis as Almaviva’s aging rival Dr Bartolo, Ashraf Sewailam as Don Bastilo and rising operatic star Morgan Pearse as Figaro plus many local New Zealand talents .
Each performance will also feature the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus and the top regional orchestras in each city will perform under the baton of New Zealand Opera Director of Music, Wyn Davies.
With rave reviews already pouring in, if you’re looking for a night that is entertaining, make sure you grab tickets to Barber of Seville.
June 6/June 9/June 13/June 15, ASB Theatre, Auckland
June 29/July 2/July 4/July 6, Opera House, Wellington
August 1/August 3/August 5/August 7, Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch