English National Opera
Rossini’s comic masterpiece – a prequel to the story of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro – returns to the London Coliseum in Jonathan Miller’s elegant and much-loved production. Now in its twelfth revival, and described as a “national institution” by the Sunday Telegraph, this Tiepolo-inspired staging makes brilliant interplay between Italian commedia dell’arte and Whitehall farce. On 19th October, The Barber of Seville will be broadcast live in cinemas across the UK and Ireland, and in selected cinemas worldwide, as part of ENO Screen.
Transporting audiences back to 18th century Seville, this sunny adventure follows the escapades of the barber Figaro as he assists Count Almaviva to prise the beautiful yet feisty Rosina away from her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo.
ENO favourite Andrew Shore returns as Bartolo, one of his signature roles, giving free rein to his peerless comic gifts and timing. The 2014/15 ENO season saw him delight London Coliseum audiences in roles that varied from Benoit/Alcindoro (La bohème) to Beckmesser (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) to Major General Stanley in Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance (“another comedic masterclass from Andrew Shore”, Mail on Sunday).
Australian baritone Morgan Pearse will return to sing the title role for the first time after his ENO debut in Terry Gilliam’s five-star production of Benvenuto Cellini. He has recently completed a period as a Studio Artist in the Houston Grand Opera Studio Programme, where his roles included Papageno (The Magic Flute), Yamadori (Madam Butterfly) and Anthony (Sweeney Todd).
British mezzo-soprano and former ENO Harewood Artist Kathryn Rudge sings her first Rosina. She made her professional opera debut in a “star performance” (The Financial Times) as Cherubino in Fiona Shaw’s ENO production of The Marriage of Figaro at ENO in 2011 and was featured as the ‘Rising Star of Classical Music’ in The Times in 2012.
Mexican tenor Eleazar Rodriguez (Count Almaviva) makes his ENO debut. Frequently praised for his portrayals of leading roles in operas by Donizetti, Rossini and Mozart, Rodriguez is a recipient of the Placido Domingo voice scholarship given by Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano, Mexico’s most renowned young artist programme.
ENO Harewood Artist and 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finalist Katherine Broderick returns as Berta. Her 2013 performances in the role were described as “vibrant and well sung” by The Guardian. She is joined by ENO Harewood Artist Barnaby Rea as Don Basilio.
British baritone Matthew Durkan will make his ENO debut as Fiorello. A former member of ENO Opera Works, he joins the ENO Harewood Artists programme from the 2015/16 season. He will return to ENO to sing Yamadori in Madam Butterfly in May 2016.
Upcoming conductor Christopher Allen, currently Associate Conductor of Los Angeles Opera, will make his UK debut conducting Rossini’s sparkling score. He made his Asian debut conducting The Barber of Seville at the Daegu Opera House in 2014.