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Approximately 2 hours 50 minutes, intervals to be announced. Times given are for guidance purposes only and can change.
Welsh National Opera
Welsh National Opera
The Barber of Seville
Rossini - Your Comments
Thu 13 & Sat 15 November 2008
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3 people have left comments on The Barber of Seville. If you've seen the show at The Mayflower, why not add your own?
Still being an opera novice, these shows are proving to be educational as well as entertaining. I was slightly confused by the informal start, where a host of characters are wandering around the stage, before I realised that there was an acting audience on the stage as well. An opera within an opera, if you like. Is this what normally happens in the Barber of Seville? I found it distracting at first, but as the performance progressed the characters added amusement.
John Moore (Figaro)gave an excellent performance and infused humour seamlessly.
Colin Lee (Count Almaviva) seemed a little uncomfortable in his role at times. On occasion his voice seemed to be struggling with some of the more intricate vocals.
Eric Roberts (Bartolo)was definitely my favourite performer of the evening. He is obviously a seasoned and accomplished opera actor/singer.
His parody of Victor Meldrew at the opening of the second part was very funny. I'm not sure if this was scripted, an adlib, or if someone had dared him to say it, but it went down well with the audience.
It wouldn't be fair not to mention the orchestra and their excellent performance. I particularly liked the classical guitar player who was miming the actions of a cello player with his guitar during the opening piece. It's nice to see the humour wasn't only on stage.
Of the operas I have seen so far, (and it isn't many, yet) this was easily the most entertaining. Colourful, humourous and a vivacious musical score puts the Barber of Seville to the top of my list. I look forward to seeing the Marriage of Figaro next year.
Absolutely brilliant. After the sad little tale of Jenufa on Wednesday, this was a cracking opera to end the week. Colour, humour, musicality - it had the lot. Can't wait for next years Mozart offering.
somewhat disapointed not up to the usual standard of the w.n.o.
At times the singing was inaudible and the chorus was week. However rosina was good but bartolo although well acted was at times inaudible and I am sure figaro missed part of the last line of his party piece Largo al factotum perhaps the clumsy english translation did not help, it must be hard enough to sing in italian which at least fits the music. again not up to the high standard of madama butterfly last year
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