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The Barber of Seville

Opera. David Radok’s hilarious production of Rossini’s opera is back, with several new names in the cast.

"Exceedingly successful revival premiere." Hallands Nyheter
"Insanely funny!" SR Sjuhärad
"The streaks of comedy came thick and fast." Borås Tidning
"All of the performers were in really top form." Hallands Nyheter
"The orchestra shone in Rossini's nimble musical manifestation." Borås Tidning
"The Göteborg Opera orchestra knows just how Rossini should be interpreted." SR Sjuhärad

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Finally we get to see again the artful fixer and barber Figaro, who helps his love-sick friend the Count Almaviva to win Rosina – his heart’s desire – in spite of her ageing guardian Doctor Bartolo doing everything in his power to commandeer her for himself. Clever practical jokes, false disguises and lively music ensure the action at breakneck speed, with four dancers and an unusually terpsichorean chorus spreading restlessness all around in their worn-out Czech fire brigade uniforms.

The plaudits have rained down on David Radok’s hilarious production of The Barber of Seville, now being staged for the fourth time at The Göteborg Opera following its premiere in 2000 and its revivals in 2002 and 2007. The same production was also staged during an acclaimed guest performance at the major opera festival in Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2005.

Olof Boman conducts for the first time at The Göteborg Opera. In the role of the shrewd barber we once again find Åke Zetterström, while the beautiful Rosina is sung by Ida Falk Winland, who is well-known to audiences in Gothenburg following Julius Caesar and Alcina. In Alcina we could also savour the performance of Martin Vanberg, who now plays the Count Almaviva. The Göteborgs Opera’s own Markus Schwartz sings the lecherous Doctor Bartolo in this production.

Kjell Ingebretsen will conduct all the performances of The Barber of Seville. He replaces Olof Boman.


  • Genre: Opera
  • Season: 2012/2013
  • First show: 27 Apr 2013
  • Last show: 19 May 2013
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: 2 hours and 50 minutes, including 1 pause.


Conductor   Kjell Ingebretsen
Direction   David Radok
Set and costume design   Ivan Theimer
Light design   Torkel Blomkvist
Choreography   Håkan Mayer

Takes part

Count Almaviva   Martin Vanberg
Dr Bartolo   Markus Schwartz
Rosina   Ida Falk Winland
Figaro   Åke Zetterström
Basilio    Mats Almgren
Fiorello   Jonas Landström
Berta   Ulrika Tenstam
An officer   Henrik Andersson
The Göteborg Opera Male Chorus
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra


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