Opera Queensland’s new production “The Barber of Seville” is hitting the road after its Brisbane season and travelling to eight regional centres across Queensland.
Nearly 250 Queenslanders are eagerly waiting the chance to perform in the production’s chorus at their local theatre venues on the Gold Coast, Fraser Coast, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba.
Directed by OperaQ Artistic Director Lindy Hume, Gioacchino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” follows the dashing Count Almaviva who, ably abetted by Figaro, loses his heart to Rosina, a sassy signorita.
Ms Hume said “The Barber of Seville” had timeless qualities that endeared it to both first timers and seasoned opera goers.
“It’s an opera in which young love and ingenuity defeats the stuffy old status quo and over centuries audiences have absolutely adored the fact that in the end, love conquers all,” Ms Hume said.
“The Barber of Seville” is a classic sitcom, in which so many things go wrong. Rossini always loved a feisty heroine who outwitted the men and people are going to absolutely love Rosina and her infectious pizazz.
“Not to forget Figaro, the ultimate sidekick, who creates some of opera’s most hilarious moments. Audiences will have a blast going along for the ride with him.
“I’m ecstatic people all across Queensland – many who won’t ever have experienced this opera before – will get to attend and even perform in this special production.”
The Barber of Seville opens in Brisbane at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on July 9 and runs until July 23, with regional dates yet to be announced. For more information, visit OperaQ.com.au.