‘Brilliant, bawdy, boisterous and bold’ — that’s the claim being made by Opera UK for its production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville (right), currently on tour throughout Ireland.
This English based company was formed within the last few years and has several productions under its belt although I can’t claim to have seen any. They played in Omagh last year and have been invited back so that is perhaps a good sign.
As a touring company, it’s more than likely that this will be a pared down version of the original score with limited instrumental accompaniment. This is common practice nowadays because of the size of provincial venues and the cost of touring opera to them.
Opera UK don’t give too much away on their website but refer to ‘an English libretto beautifully played and sung, pretty sets and lighting, with costumes worn by a cast who have the right age and looks to play the roles, and a production that gives great importance to good acting and stylish staging’. Sounds promising.
Opera UK are in Omagh’s Strule Arts Centre on May 21 and in Coleraine’s Riverside Theatre on May 22.