Shore’s Bartolo shines in a Barber as frothy as Figaro’s shaving foam at ENO

Rossini: The Barber of Seville ***

Morgan Pearse (Figaro) © Mike Hoban | ENO

Morgan Pearse (Figaro)
© Mike Hoban | ENO

English National Opera, 28th September 2015

Rossini may well have penned The Barber of Seville in just under three weeks, but few comic operas stand the test of time so well. The plot surrounding the wily Figaro’s attempts to help Count Almaviva woo Rosina and hatch her escape from the clutches of her elderly guardian is well worn, as is the venerable Dr Jonathan Miller’s equally venerable ENO production, now receiving its twelfth revival. Yet it’s an opera that works impeccably, especially in direction as light and frothy as Figaro’s shaving foam.

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