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Barbiere di Siviglia 2018Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

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The operatic offering at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival consists of three fully staged productions imported from leading French companies. There are also two concert performances.

In recent years we have heard several of Rossini's less frequently performed operas. Now we can see, together for the first time here, his two most popular comic masterpieces. The Barber of Seville is presented by Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, on their first visit from Paris and Cenerentola by the familiar and welcome Opéra de Lyon.

In addition, John Gay's Beggar's Opera is to be performed by the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, from Paris, who have a substantial residency at the Festival. William Christie leads the musical side of this multinational coproduction.

The third instalment of Wagner's Ring, Siegfried is being performed in the Usher Hall. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé; the all-star cast includes Simon O'Neill (Siegfried), Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde) and Iain Paterson (Wanderer).

There is also a concert performance of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, to be given by the RSNO under Sir Andrew Davis. Elizabeth DeShong (Hansel) and Laura Wilde (Gretel) lead the cast.

Two important oratorios will also be given in the Usher Hall. The Dunedin Consort perform Handel's mighty Samson and the Festival's opening concert is Haydn's Creation.


Conductor Jérémie Rhorer led a thoroughly musical interpretation of Così fan tutte a couple of seasons ago. Again he promises a light-fingered and musically authentic account of a familiar piece which has not been performed here for several years. Laurent Pelly's work has not been seen in Scotland before. However his stagings have been given to pleasing effect at the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne as well as the New York Met. He generally acts as his own designer, and this vibrant production, originally seen at Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, promises a highly stylish, if untraditional, interpretation. Most of the singers are unfamiliar, though the two basses singing Bartolo and Basilio have given enjoyable interpretations at previous Festivals.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Louis De Lavignère

Count Almaviva

Cesare Angelini

Figaro a barber

Guillaume Andrieux

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Catherine Trottmann

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Péter Kálmán

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Robert Gleadow

Ambrogio Bartolo's servant

Stéphane Facco

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Julie Pasturaud

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 2018

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5 Aug, 19.15 7 Aug, 19.15 8 Aug, 19.15

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