Music Gioacchino Rossini
Libretto Cesare Sterbini
English Translation                   Richard Studer
Director/Designer Richard Studer
Conductor Jonathan Lyness
Opera Project Orchestra
Leader Paul Barrett

They make it work, they deliver with punchy, impactful theatre, and they cast with strength
Opera Now, Jan/Feb 2007, The Turn of the Screw, Opera Project at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Opera Project are back at Tobacco Factory Theatres with Rossini’s exuberant treatment of Beaumarchais’s The Barber of Seville (the prequel to The Marriage of Figaro). This great masterpiece of operatic comedy catapaults the audience into the romance of Rosina and the Count Almaviva, a romance ably assisted by the Count’s factotum Figaro. In a plot bordering on the farcical, Dr Bartolo’s plans to marry his own ward of court are thwarted at every step. If The Marriage of Figaro follows a loveless marriage, illicit assignations and the general difficulties of adulthood, The Barber of Seville is an explosion of youth, optimism and wit where love conquers over the ever–encroaching cynicism of age.

Opera Project presents this fabulous Rossini classic for the first time at Tobacco Factory Theatres in its acclaimed English translation by the director Richard Studer, with a stella cast and Opera Project’s terrific ten-piece orchestra playing Jonathan Lyness’s arrangement of the score.


Philip Smith
Count Almaviva William Wallace
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones
Dr Bartolo Nicholas Folwell
Don Basilio Julian Close
Berta Jana Holesworth
Fiorello/Officer Mark Saberton


18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28 September; 1, 2, 4, 5 October (7.30pm)
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road, Bristol BS3 1TF
0117 9020344
For tickets, please contact Tobacco Factory Theatres