Opulence, wit & humour will be in abundance as the London-based Garden Opera Company return to Bath on Thursday 7th July to stage a very special performance of Rossini’s humorous masterpiece, organised by Bath charity Julian House.
Champagne and picnics will be order of the evening as around 500 members of the public relax with great food and company in the picturesque grounds of Prior Park College before enjoying The Garden Opera Company’s stunning rendition of this great opera.
The Barber of Seville is Rossini’s best known work. The well-known hummable tunes along with the humorous plot have made this the most frequently performed opera of all time.
Upbeat, optimistic, and full of wit, you will be carried along by a whirlwind of crazy disguises, twists and turns and unlikely interventions.
Set within a travelling circus, the many famous melodies will be sung in English by some of the profession’s finest singers who are accompanied by an acclaimed ensemble of chamber musicians.
The opera’s story is the prequel to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Here, Rossini’s comedy chronicles young Almaviva’s attempts to woo the beautiful Rosina, the jealously-guarded ward of Dr Bartolo, who himself longs to marry her.
Aided and abetted by his factotum Figaro (the barber of the title), Almaviva engages in numerous farcical antics to try to capture her heart
“The Barber of Seville is a gloriously sunny comedy and the ultimate summer evening opera. I struggled to see through helpless tears: seamless blends of music and inspired farce, timed to the instant and a masterclass of insouciant theatrical sophistication.” The Times 4-star review of Garden Opera’s latest production of Barber.
This unique open air performance, against the stunning backdrop of the city of Bath, promises to be a highlight of the summer’s events calendar.
That alone should be enough to tempt you but as all the profits from the performance are being donated to Bath’s homeless charity Julian House, you will also be supporting a local and very worthy cause.
Following the phenomenal success of last three year’s performance tickets are likely to sell quickly so early booking is advised.
In case of wet weather forecast, the performance will be moved to the Assembly Rooms, Bath. You will be given 48 hours notice in this instance.
The gate to the lawns will open from 5.30pm for picnicking, with the opera commencing at 7pm.
There will be a further 30 minute interval for picnicking.
Tickets: £38.00 per person (£20.00 per child – under 16 years old). P
arking at the venue is very limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. Disabled spaces may be pre-reserved in advance.