Edinburgh International Festival: The Barber of Seville

A new production of Gioachino Rossini's comic opera that brings a refreshing immediacy to this irresistible masterpiece.

Edinburgh International Festival: The Barber of Seville

About Edinburgh International Festival: The Barber of Seville

THÉÂTRE DES CHAMPS-ELYSÉES / JÉRÉMIE RHORER / LAURENT PELLY

OPERA ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Deceit and deception; trickery and disguise – and all in the name of love.

Dashing young Count Almaviva falls desperately in love with the ravishing Rosina, locked away by her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo – who has designs on her himself, as soon as she comes of age…

Step in Figaro, Almaviva’s expert barber and Seville’s go-to fixer, with a surefire way for the Count to reach his beloved – even if it means donning a ridiculous disguise…

The Barber of Seville is a feast of frivolous fun. It’s Rossini’s most perfect comic opera, sparkling with wit and energy and propelled along by an unstoppable array of instantly memorable tunes.

Originally seen at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, this vibrant new production is conducted by the outstanding young French musical pioneer Jérémie Rhorer, with crisp, incisive playing from his own period-instrument orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.

Renowned international opera director Laurent Pelly’s elegant staging places the action directly within the music itself, amid the curling stacks of Rossini’s musical manuscripts.

Rhorer has captivated Parisian audiences with a revelatory Mozart opera series and made his International Festival debut in 2016 conducting Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

He brings the same freshness, spontaneity and bewitching enthusiasm to Rossini’s delectable comic masterpiece – as well as his impeccable sense of drama.

Acclaimed French baritone Guillaume Andrieux stars as a slick and scheming Figaro, joined by an eminent cast including Michele Angelini as Almaviva and Peter Kálmán as Bartolo.

This is a Barber that fizzes with delight, and brings a refreshing immediacy to Rossini’s irresistible comedy.

***
Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Supported by
James and Morag Anderson

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Edinburgh International Festival: The Barber of Seville are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Other Events at Festival Theatre Edinburgh or Edinburgh International Festival

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

16th October 2018 - 20th October 2018
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century! Catch it when the tour comes to the Festival Theatre in October!
National Theatre’s Macbeth

National Theatre’s Macbeth

23rd October 2018 - 27th October 2018
The National Theatre brings Macbeth, an epic and visually daring production of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy, to the Festival Theatre in October.
Ross Noble - El Hablador

Ross Noble - El Hablador

3rd November 2018
Ross Noble returns to dance around the stage spinning out all the nonsense in his head into a hilarious stand up show!
Nativity! The Musical

Nativity! The Musical

28th November 2018 - 2nd December 2018
After an extended run in the West End, Nativity! The Musical is coming to Edinburgh's Festival Theatre.
Les Misérables

Les Misérables

22nd January 2019 - 16th February 2019
After nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour, Les Misérables will play Edinburgh Festival Theatre in 2019.
Remembering The Movies

Remembering The Movies

31st March 2019
Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara are back with their brand new show Remembering The Movies, catch it at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh on March 31st!
Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader

26th April 2019
Eddi Reader will be touring Scotland in Spring playing songs both old and new, don't miss her perform at Festival Theatre Edinburgh on April 26th!

Theatre Events you might like...

Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton and Cream
Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton and Cream
18th October 2018
Howden Park Centre, Livingston
Paying tribute to two of the greatest names in rock history, Jimi Hendrix and Cream, Voodoo Room are a stunning power-trio featuring some of the UK's finest musicians.
The Comedy Show
The Comedy Show
19th October 2018
Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh New Town
Every Friday and Saturday night, Basement Theatre becomes Edinburgh’s comedy hub and with a different line-up and headliner each week this is the comedy injection your weekend is craving!
Jim Davidson: On The Road Again
Jim Davidson: On The Road Again
20th October 2018
Howden Park Centre, Livingston
Jim Davidson takes to The Road Again with a brand-new show which promises to be the antidote to this ‘PC’ world we now live in.
Find Theatre events in Edinburgh

Music Events you might like...

Tom Odell
Tom Odell
18th October 2018
Usher Hall, Edinburgh West
Catch Tom Odell when he plays the Usher Hall on Thursday 18th October as part of his autumn UK & European tour.
Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton and Cream
Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton and Cream
18th October 2018
Howden Park Centre, Livingston
Paying tribute to two of the greatest names in rock history, Jimi Hendrix and Cream, Voodoo Room are a stunning power-trio featuring some of the UK's finest musicians.
The Leisure Society
The Leisure Society
18th October 2018
The Mash House, Edinburgh Old Town
Synergy Concerts and The MJR Group present The Leisure Society at The Mash House on Thursday 18th October.
Find Music events in Edinburgh

Nights Out Events you might like...

Tom Odell
Tom Odell
18th October 2018
Usher Hall, Edinburgh West
Catch Tom Odell when he plays the Usher Hall on Thursday 18th October as part of his autumn UK & European tour.
Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton and Cream
Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton and Cream
18th October 2018
Howden Park Centre, Livingston
Paying tribute to two of the greatest names in rock history, Jimi Hendrix and Cream, Voodoo Room are a stunning power-trio featuring some of the UK's finest musicians.
Cinetopia: International Noir
Cinetopia: International Noir
18th October 2018
Gallery 23, Edinburgh West
This month's Cinetopia film event is on 18th October at Gallery 23 and explores the film noir genre from an international arthouse slant.
Find Nights Out events in Edinburgh

Find other events in Edinburgh

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Halloween Trail
Bring the children along to the Royal Botanic Gardens this October for a special Halloween Trail through the Garden.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint
A popular feature of the Traverse programme, A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór returns with six new plays to light up your lunchtime. Ticket includes a pie and a drink.
Edinburgh Cocktail Week
Edinburgh Cocktail Week is a week-long program of events & parties across the city, and over 80 of Edinburgh's favourite cocktail bars!
Fireworks and Bonfire Night 2018
Saturday 3rd November sees Hopetoun House host ‘The Greatest Fireworks Show on Earth’ and it’s bound to be another sell out event.
Casting for a BBC3 Reality Series
BBC3 are filming in Edinburgh in the next few weeks and looking for people to feature in an episode of 'Eating With My Ex'.

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »