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Barbiere di Siviglia 1960Sadler's Wells Opera

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In the 1960s the Sadler’s Wells company produced a series of Rossini operas, of which this Barber was the second, following Cinderella. It opened at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on 3 October 1960, the week before this short Scottish tour. A successful and popular staging, it remained in the repertoire at the Coliseum until 1977, with the inimitable Eric Shilling still playing Bartolo. The other, less common, Rossini works which followed it were Count Ory, The Thieving Magpie, and The Italian Girl in Algiers, all of which were brought to Scotland in due course, which may explain why Scottish Opera did not stage a full-scale Rossini work until the end of 1969.

The sets and costumes were completely traditional, and worked well. The only eccentricity, which had been common practice in earlier years, when The Barber was the only Rossini opera in the general repertoire, was to divide the first act into two with an interval. The first act is long, but well-paced, and it would nowadays be unacceptable to split it.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Peter Tracey

Count Almaviva

Kevin Miller

Figaro a barber

John Heddle Nash (Oct 26)

Julian Moyle (Oct 29)

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Catherine Wilson

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Eric Shilling

Ambrogio Bartolo's servant

Valerio Martinez

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Sheila Rex

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Stanislav Pieczora


Alfred Oldridge


James Higgins

Alcalde Mayor

William McGovern

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1960

Map List

Empire Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Oct, 19.00 20 Oct, 19.00

King's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

26 Oct, 19.00 29 Oct, 14.30

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