Il barbiere di Siviglia has all the ingredients for comic chaos: an imprisoned young woman, her lecherous guardian and her young noble suitor. And there is Figaro – irrepressible and inventive as he schemes to get the right couple together and the wrong man well away from his ward. This revival by The Royal Opera brings together a wonderful cast in a production that is full of action, bright with colour and high on humour. The directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier are famous for matching perceptive wit to subtle interpretation, and in this famous opera they have not just a funny story and great characters, but ever-popular music too. Rossini’s verve, lyricism and virtuoso brilliance are at their most exciting, whether in the arias or the great ensemblesThis has long been a bel canto classic and one of the great operas to know, and this revival is the perfect way to indulge in a familiar favourite or discover the delight of opera for the first time.
The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in the London district of Covent Garden. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.
The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1857. The façade, foyer and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The Royal Opera House seats 2,268 people and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade 1 listed building.