The Barber of Seville review highlights

10.06.19
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The Barber of Seville has opened in Auckland. Here some snippets from what the reviewers are saying, and what some of the opening night audience members thought.

The Barber of Seville is perfect wintertime solace, right through to the razzle-dazzle of its joyous grand finale. - William Dart, NZ Herald 
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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. - William Hoar, RNZ Concert
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From Morgan Pearses’ delightful rendition of the infamous ‘Largo al factotum’ through to the exuberant finale that explodes across the stage in bursts of colour, The Barber of Seville is like lightning in a bottle. - Sarah Kidd, Ambient Light
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His genius shines through in New Zealand Opera’s latest production of The Barber of Seville which is full of lively, bubbly music, and buffoonery at its best. - John Daly-Peoples, NZ Arts Review
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...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. - Michael Sinclair, The Opera Critic
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It is outrageous from start to finish, a delight to the eyes, ears and mind. - Amy Jane Todd, Gay Express
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NZ Opera’s performance of The Barber of Seville at the Aotea Centre last night was a riotous triumph both musically and visually. - Claire Martin, Radio 13
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...the balance for this production falls firmly in favour of good invention and LOL fun – a troubadour suddenly appearing from the closet; an OTT channelling of Elton John by John Tessier; a flying feline tribute to an incident on the opera’s original opening night; the pithy surtitles. Well-worn or new, they all come together most enjoyably. - Michael Hooper, Theatreview
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The Barber of Seville is one of the most comical and visually memorable operas that I’ve seen - Jarred Tito, Libel
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