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Il barbiere di Siviglia. A young English aristocrat arrives in Seville to woo the lovely Rosina. However, she is being pursued by an unscrupulous older man, Bartolo and it is only with the ingenious help of the quick thinking barber, Figaro, that the situation is rescued.
Based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, a comedy of deceit, ego and trickery in which the (almost) good wives of Windsor give Sir John Falstaff his come-uppance.
The Almaviva household is fleeing the chaos of the Revolution, pursued by the evil Major who is plotting to kill them all. Susanna's frustration with her increasingly cynical husband, Figaro, propels her towards a one-night stand with Cherubino, now a rather sleazy nightclub owner who calls himself The Cherub. Meanwhile, the Count and Countess are scandalised by the revelation of each others' infidelities. They finally return to what remains of the Almaviva residence, and the Count and Countess are reconciled with one another, and with their fate, as revolutionary troops advance.
Sung in English.
3 MARCH - 3 MARCH
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM
7 APRIL - 7 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
24 MARCH - 24 MARCH
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
21 FEBRUARY - 27 FEBRUARY
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
10 MARCH - 10 MARCH
VENUE CYMRU (FORMALLY - NORTH WALES THEATRE), LLANDUDNO
17 MARCH - 17 MARCH
31 MARCH - 31 MARCH
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
The story of two lovers caught in the struggles of the English Civil War, I Puritani is the final opera by Bel Canto’s quintessential composer and the perfect opera to perform in concert.
Count Almaviva lusts after the delicious Susanna, Figaro's bride to be. The neglected Countess pines for her husband's attentions and, as she tries to make him jealous, love and suspicion abound. Figaro must unravel the threads before he and Susanna can tie the knot. Also performed as Figaro's Wedding and Figaro!. First performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786
Written in 1732, the hero Orlando is torn between his desire to do noble deeds and his pursuit of love. Although rebuked by the sorcerer Zoroastro for giving in to his romantic urges, Orlando nonetheless decides that love can bring its own glory, and to that end he pursues Angelica. But she has fallen for Medoro and he with her - which is not good news for Angelica's rival, the shepherdess Dorinda. The untangling of these conflicting passions through threats, magic, deceit, revelations and no little heart-searching inspired Handel to some of his most original operatic work, and Orlando's psychological focus fused with fantasy lends a particular contemporary appeal.