The Barber of Seville at the Holland Park Opera

London – Opera Holland Park’s 2024 season kicks off with a vibrant and captivating new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Directed by Cecilia Stinton and generously supported by Viking, this rendition of the beloved comic opera sparkles with wit, charm, and musical brilliance. Stinton’s directorial vision, coupled with inventive set designs by Neil Irish and dynamic lighting by Robert Price, creates a visually stunning and engaging atmosphere that perfectly complements Rossini’s lively score.

The performance on Sunday 16th of June showcased the Holland Park Young Artists cast. Daniel Barrett shines in the role of Figaro, the clever and resourceful barber whose schemes drive the plot. Barret’s charismatic performance and vocal prowess make him a standout, bringing energy and humor to every scene. Marcus Swietlicki, as Count Almaviva, and Ellen Parson, as Rosina, deliver equally compelling performances. Swirlicki’s charm and Parson’s spirited portrayal of Rosina add depth to their characters, making their romantic escapades both believable and delightful.

The supporting cast, including Samuel Snowden as Doctor Bartolo and Masimba Ushe as Don Basilio, provides stellar comedic performances, enriching the overall experience with their humorous characterizations and strong vocal abilities. The ensemble, under the meticulous
preparation of chorus master Dominic Ellis-Peckham, delivers harmonious and powerful performances that elevate the production.

Anna Castro Grinsteiny’s musical direction is another highlight, guiding the orchestra through Rossini’s intricate and buoyant score with precision and enthusiasm. Her ability to bring out the nuances of the music ensures that every note contributes to the opera’s dynamic and joyful atmosphere.

The Opera Holland Park Young Artists had their chance to shine in special performances on 14 June and 16 June, under the careful direction of Lysanne van Overbeek. In addition to Daniel Barrett as Figaro, Marcus Swietlicki as Count Almaviva, and Ellen Pearson as Rosina and Samuel Snowden as Doctor Bartolo, the Young Artists cast also included Einar Stefansoon as Fiorello an Faryl Smith as Berta, bringing a fresh and vibrant perspective to the production, showcasing their emerging talents.

This production of The Barber of Seville is a testament to Opera Holland Park’s commitment to presenting high-
quality opera that is both engaging and accessible. With ticket prices ranging from £24 to £175, the company ensures that a wide audience can enjoy this delightful opera.

In addition to The Barber of Seville, Opera Holland Park’s 2024 season features a rich lineup, including a revival of Stephen Barlow’s 2008 production of Tosca, new productions of Acis and Galatea, a double bill of Il segreto di Susanna and Pagliacci, and a co-production with Charles Court Opera of The Yeomen of the Guard. The City of London Sinfonia, returning for its twentieth year as the resident orchestra, adds to the season’s musical excellence.

Opera Holland Park continues to offer innovative productions while maintaining a dedication to accessibility and artistic excellence. The Barber of Seville is a delightful and must-see production that sets a high bar for the rest of the season.

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Francesca Lombardo is a freelance journalist. She holds a Master's degree in journalism from the LCC of London and her articles has been published by the Financial Times, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, The Herald, Sunday Express, Daily Express, Irish Independent, The Sunday Business Post, A Place in the Sun, Ryanair Magazine, Easyjet Magazine, CNBC magazine, Voyager magazine, Portugal Magazine, Travel Trade Gazette, House Hunter in the sun, Homes Worldwide and to Italian outlets, Repubblica, D Repubblica, L'Espresso, Il Venerdì, Vogue, Vogue Uomo, Vogue Casa, GQ, Il Sole 24 Ore, F Magazine, TU Style, La Stampa, "A", Gioia. Francesca Lombardo has trained at the business desks of the Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Daily Express. She has authored a children's book series titled Beatrice and the London Bus. website:

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