Past Event6 Jun - 15 Jun 2019

The Barber of Seville

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ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre


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This 'riotously funny, utterly assured production' - The Australian of Rossini’s crazy comic opera The Barber of Seville will finally make it to our shores, after receiving rave reviews in Queensland and Seattle. Directed by Lindy Hume and designed by Kiwi powerhouse Tracy Grant Lord, this monumentally mad opera is bursting with energy, sass and colour.

The vibrant on-stage visuals set the scene for an energetic score and madcap tale, performed by a thrilling internationally renowned ensemble with stunning voices and undeniable acting chops.

Also featuring the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus and our top regional orchestras in each city, under the baton of New Zealand Opera Director of Music, Wyn Davies. The Barber of Seville is this year’s best opportunity to experience a full noise opera production.


Count Almaviva John Tessier
Rosina Sandra Piques Eddy
Figaro Morgan Pearse
Dr Bartolo Andrew Collis
Don Basilio Ashraf Sewailam
Berta Morag Atchison
Fiorello/Officer James Harrison (Akl)
Fiorello/Officer Joel Amosa (Wgtn/Chch)

Conductor Wyn Davies
Director Lindy Hume
Set and Costume Designer Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Assistant Director Jacqueline Coats

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus

Audio Described Performance: Sunday 9 June 2019, 2.30pm

This performance gives blind or visually impaired patrons the opportunity to attend The Barber of Seville, with trained audio describers broadcasting live commentary during the show, which patrons will hear through an earpiece. 

A complimentary Touch Tour will also be held before the show where patrons can walk through the set, touch set pieces, feel costumes and handle key props. This will take place at 12pm, please meet in the ground floor foyer.

There are seats reserved for Audio Described patrons. Guide dogs are welcome, but please notify staff upon booking your ticket. To book your tickets for this performance, please call the Ticketmaster Groups Booking Line on 09 970 9745 or email A $5 service fee per transaction applies if booking over the phone or by email. 

When booking, please ensure that you tell staff how many headsets you will need, if you plan on attending the complimentary Touch Tour before the show, and if you are bringing a guide dog. Tickets and headsets can be collected prior to the show.

New Zealand Opera prepares a text only programme for each vision-impaired patron, sent out approximately one week prior to the performance.

The Audio Described ticket allocations will be available until 5pm on the 4 June 2019, or until the allocation is exhausted. 

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