The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini

6 Jun - 7 Aug 2019

The Barber of Seville

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This “riotously funny, utterly assured production” (The Australian) of Rossini’s crazy comic opera The Barber of Seville will finally make it to our shores, after receiving rave reviews in Queensland and Seattle. Directed by Lindy Hume and designed by Kiwi powerhouse Tracy Grant Lord, this monumentally mad opera is bursting with energy, sass and colour.

The vibrant on-stage visuals set the scene for an energetic score and madcap tale, performed by a thrilling internationally renowned ensemble with stunning voices and undeniable acting chops.

Also featuring the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus and our top regional orchestras in each city, under the baton of New Zealand Opera Director of Music, Wyn Davies. The Barber of Seville is this year’s best opportunity to experience a full noise opera production.

The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

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There are audio described performances for The Barber of Seville for vision-impaired patrons:

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Sunday 9 June   
The Opera House, Wellington, Saturday 6 July 5pm
Buy your tickets for Auckland and Wellington through Ticketmaster on 09 970 9754 (Auckland) or 0800 111 999.

Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch, Monday 5 August 6.30pm
Buy your tickets for Christchurch through Ticketek on 0800 TICKETEK.

Limited available in A-reserve, more B-reserve and C-reserve in the stalls; for those who require it, companion seating is provided free of charge (one companion for each vision-impaired patron); booking fees apply

Touch tour: optional for vision-impaired patron, plus one companion each, please register interest when processing their ticket purchase; please meet in the ground floor foyer of the theatre two hours before the performance

If you are a Tertiary student or under 25 we have tickets to the opening night of The Barber of Seville, Thursday 6 June at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, for a very special price - $25 plus booking fees. You just need to book through Ticketmaster with the code - 25NIGHT, and have proof of age or student ID. There are limited tickets available so get in quick before tickets run out! Student nights for the Wellington and Christchurch seasons will be announced soon, so watch this space.

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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 (Akl)
Fiorello/Officer Joel Amosa (Wgtn/Chc)
Ambrogio Jesse Wikiriwhi

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

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
June 6, 13 & 15 at 7.30pm
June 9 at 2.30pm

Opera House
June 29 & July 4 at 7.30pm
July 2 at 6.30pm
July 6 at 5pm

Isaac Theatre Royal
August 1, 3 & 7 at 7.30pm
August 5 at 6.30pm

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Orchestra Wellington
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus

Sung in Italian with English surtitles
A New Zealand Opera co-production with Opera Queensland and Seattle Opera

The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

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