Il Barbiere di Siviglia , Royal Opera House, London

Published 7 years and 7 months ago on The Stage UK

Royal Opera House, London: With ultra-serious Verdi productions running at London's biggest houses, this determinedly buoyant revival of a Rossini evergreen could not present a greater contrast. Forget the radicalism and physicality that shocked contemporary audiences. We are left with a fantastical harlequinade in day-glo colour. The action is mostly imprisoned within a stripy toybox sent lurching into space during the Act I finale, a coup de theatre that works well from certain seats. If you can take the concept, the associated comic business is handled with aplomb by revival director Thomas Guthrie in what is already the fourth outing for this Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier vehicle.

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