The Barber of Seville at Charlton House: Opera comes to SE7

The Barber of Seville opened in Hampshire before transferring to Charlton House at the weekend

We’ve had rave reviews from the weekend’s first two performances of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Charlton House. There are two performances left, so here’s its producer, ILONA BUSHELL, to tell you why should should sample some opera at your local Jacobean mansion…

Come along to Scherzo Ensemble’s Barber of Seville which is running this week with performances on Friday 12th and Sunday 14th. This witty touring production started in Hampshire at the Longhope Estate and finds its current home in the Old Library at Charlton House. The lively and entertaining music is masterfully directed by Matthew O’Keefe, who stands on the gallery with the sound of Rossini floating down over the audience. On stage, the characters dance, hide, laugh and – yes – sing under the clever artistic direction of Sebastian Freeburn. Freeburn’s costume design makes the stage pop with colour amongst the singing wood of the Old Library.

The production prides itself on its engagement with young artists, with the team all under 30 and the orchestra made up of talented players from London Conservatoires. Upcoming stars of the stage who are performing at famous venues around the country including Glyndebourne, bring the Opera House to your doorstep. Margo Arsane, an emerging mezzo and current young artist at the National Opera Studio in London, sings her first Rosina with devastating beauty and feeling. Meanwhile, Benedict Nelson, previous Harewood Artist at English National Opera, directs proceedings from his position as Figaro.

Get ready to laugh and cry with the zany characters as they embark on a complicated journey towards their happy ending. Tickets start from £14, with reduced prices for students and under 18s. Buy on the door with cash or card, and enjoy a free glass of bubbly with your ticket!

Performances are at 7pm on Friday 12 July and 4pm on Sunday 14 July.
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