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A soufflé that fails to rise: Rossini’s Barber falls flat at Covent Garden

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia ** Royal Opera, 13th September 2016 As a renowned gastronome, Gioachino Rossini could have shown Mary Berry a thing or two in the Great British Bake-Off tent. He had several dishes named in his honour, … Continue reading

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Forced farce: Arden’s Barber opens up shop at Glyndebourne

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia *** Glyndebourne Festival, 22nd May 2016 Comedy’s a funny old thing. Rossini and Wagner certainly had rather different approaches to it. The previous night, Glyndebourne Festival opened with Die Meistersinger, a lengthy comedy on a poignant … Continue reading

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

Rossini: The Barber of Seville *** 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 … Continue reading

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