Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

01 June 2016 - 19 February 2017

Experience opera like you’ve never seen before, as we take to the stage with this incredibly fast-paced comical farce in an adaptation of this much loved score. Witness razor-sharp timing as the ever resourceful barber, Figaro, tries to help the young Count Almaviva win the hand of the beautiful Rosina, out of love rather than for his wealth. Soon the pair set about to produce many disguises for the count, and thus the farce ensues…!

Rossini's famous opera buffa is brought to life by the critically acclaimed Pop-Up Opera, sung in Italian with English captions.

Running time 2 hours 10 minutes plus interval

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James Hurley Stage Director
Berrak Dyer Musical Director, Pianist
Fiona Johnston Producer, Stage Manager
Kate McStraw Producer
Clementine Lovell Artistic Director, Producer
James Schouten Bartolo
Alistair Ollerenshaw Bartolo
Joseph Doody Count Almaviva
Ciarán O'Leary Count Almaviva
Katie Slater Rosina
Flora McIntosh Rosina
Steven East Basilio/Fiorello
Tom Asher Basilio/Fiorello
Emily Blanch Berta
Tom Stoddart Figaro
Harry Percival Captions Writer
Timothy Cape Captions Operator
Sonia Chapman Company Stage Manager
Leif Jone Ølberg Figaro
Michalis Angelakis Pianist
Richard Leach Pianist
Elizabeth Lovell Captions Operator

Show Reviews

Nothing quite compares with Pop-up in the sheer exuberance of their productions. And this Barber of Seville may be the best thing they have yet done.

The Express *****

Yet again, Pop-Up Opera have done it with a truly five star production, perfect for well seasoned opera lovers or first timers. Possibly their best production yet!

State of the Arts *****

Committed to their mission in enticing audiences to opera in an innovative way, Popup Opera’s productions continue to deliver on quality and freshness.’

London Theatre 1 *****

James Hurley’s genius direction brings two hours of unfaltering comedy due to not only the cast’s brilliant comedic skills, but also the creative use of surtitles.

A Younger Theatre

Anyone tired of overstuffed opera should catch this production...what’s not to like?

Culture Whisper ****

The most heartening opera performances often to be found where you least expect them.

Boulezian Blogspot

Pop-Up Opera have succeeded in producing a truly farcical Barber Of Seville.

The Argus ****

FIVE stars for an opera with no orchestra, very little design, and no big stars itself? Yes; five stars.

FIVE stars for an opera with no orchestra, very little design, and no big stars itself? Yes; five stars.

The Express *****