The Opera Queensland co-production with Seattle Opera and New Zealand Opera has delighted critics in America.
Lindy Hume’s The Barber of Seville has opened in Seattle to rave reviews. The co-production between Opera Queensland, Seattle Opera and New Zealand Opera premiered in Brisbane last year and has now attracted praise from the critics in Seattle where it opened on the weekend with baritone John Moore in the title role.
“For sheer activity level, on a scale of one to ten, Seattle Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville probably scores a 12,” wrote Melinda Bargreen in The Seattle Times. “It’s as if stage director Lindy Hume and her production crew decided on ‘perpetual motion’ as the concept for this opera, whose plot is already crammed with schemes, disguises, multiple identities, pratfalls, and ruses of all kinds.”
Seattle Opera’s The Barber of Seville. Photo © Jacob Lucas
CityArts’ Philippa Kiraly was just as effusive, calling the production “a hoot” and “sheer delight.”
“Musically it’s up there with the company’s best, with both singers and orchestra shining under maestro Giacomo Sagripanti; add to that the acting, the staging, the sets, costumes and lighting – they are marvellous,” she wrote. “Australian stage director Lindy Hume’s inventive imagination is at the core of it.”
Hume’s Australian creative team was also earmaked for praise. “With Hume came set and costume designer Tracy Grant Lord as production designer and Michael Marshall as lighting designer,” Kiraly wrote. “The three together have produced a zany creation that is incredibly funny, unexpectedly lit and wildly colourful, yet true to the story and never overreaching into farce or slapstick.”
“Anyone who likes spectacle will be wowed by this co-production between Seattle Opera, Opera Queensland, and New Zealand Opera,” wrote Rebecca Brown for The Stranger. “It’s a crazy bright hilarious production.”