Victorian Opera To Stage ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’

By Francisco Salazar

The Victorian Opera is set to present Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in a new concert-stage version in Melbourne.

Victorian Opera’s Artistic Director Richard Mills is set to conduct the Orchestra Victoria with director Elizabeth Hill-Cooper helming the production.

The production will star Argentine-Australian baritone Jose Carbo  in the title role, Brenton Spiteri as Count Almaviva, and mezzo-soprano Chiara Amaru in her Australian debut as Rosina.

The cast will be rounded out by baritone Warwick Fyfe and bass Paolo Pecchioli as Doctor Bartolo and Don Basilio, baritone Stephen Marsh as Fiorello, and soprano Kathryn Radcliffe.

Performances are scheduled for Dec. 12 and 14, 2019 at the Melbourne Recital Centre. There will also be a performance at the Launceston’s Princess Theatre on Nov. 21 with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.