The Barber of Seville (2015)

by Gioachino Antonio Rossini


Rossini’s hilarious “Barber of Seville” remains one of the most popular and entertaining of operas.  Considered the most popular comic opera of all time, it is the hilarious tale of an overprotective guardian outwitted by his daughter’s lover with help from the factotum, Figaro.  Melbourne Opera presents it again due to popular demand, with a first rate cast lead by mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell.  Baritone Phillip Calcagno features as Figaro the artful Barber, with Herald Sun Aria winner Brenton Spiteri as Count Almaviva and Roger Howell or Ian Cousins as the overprotective guardian Don Bartolo.  David Gould reprises his hilarious scheming Don Basilio and Jodie Debono stars as the maid Berta.


Hugh Halliday directs this superb production, and Greg Hocking conducts the Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra.  It will be sung in English.





Count Almaviva

Dr Bartolo


Don Basilio



Fiorello Ambrogio




Andrew Dickinson

Andrew Pennycuirk

David Woodberry

George Opritescu

Mark Henderson

Nicholas Webb

Paul Dernelley

Peter Hanway

Richard Wilson


Brenton Spiteri

Roger Howell

Ian Cousins

Phillip Calcagno

David Gould

Sally-Anne Russell

 Jodie Debono

Michael Lampard

Richard Wilson

Nicholas Webb