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Barber of Seville by Rossini

24th February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Sung in English

Swansea City Opera present a revival of their hugely successful 2011 production of the Barber of Seville, Rossini’s most famous opera – razor-sharp and full of twists and turns.  From Figaro’s famous entrance aria ‘Largo al factotum’ to the frenzy of the Act I finale, The Barber of Seville makes for a rollicking evening’s entertainment.

Swansea City opera is known across the UK for its high, quality and engaging performances of comic opera and this sparkling performance will be no exception.  There will be a pre-performance talk about the opera and production at 6.15pm, given by the Artistic Director of Swansea City Opera, Brendan Wheatley

Designed by Gary McCann with costumes by Gabriella Ingram, directed by Brendan Wheatley and accompanied by the Swansea City Opera orchestra

SWANSEA City Opera’s Barber of Seville is an absolute delight. If you want to give someone their first taste of opera, but find ticket prices and long journeys off putting, not to mention impenetrable plots or arty-farty reworking, then you couldn’t do better than to catch Swansea City Opera….the result was a theatre filled with laughter. Could Rossini have asked for more?-South Devon Journal

For my first opera it couldn’t have gone better — if all operas were as well delivered as this one was, I’d invest in a pair of opera glasses today! South Wales Evening Post

“…..bound to delight even the most reluctant of opera goers…. An absolute joy to watch!”

“From the moment the curtain rose it was apparent this performance was going to be something special.”

“Prolonged applause demonstrated the audience’s enjoyment at the end of this musical high spot for the district”

“This sparkling production was carried off at a pace that never flagged”

I have been going to opera for probably 40 years in all kinds of venues, by professional, semi-professional and amateur companies. This performance ranked among the best I have seen. The set was lovely, the costumes beautiful and the diction of the singers was impeccable! Please come again!

Terrific show last night at the Theatre by the Lake: full of brio, panache, pace, and excellent singing. I’ve seen professional opera all over the world, and enjoyed your production every bit as much. Congratulations!.

There will be a talk at 6.15 prior to the performance which is free of charge.

If you would like to attend, please choose the ticket option including pre performance talk.


24th February 2018
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Palace Theatre
Palace Avenue
Paignton, Devon TQ3 3HF United Kingdom
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01803 665800
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