Directed by Lindy Hume, it was first performed in Brisbane in 2016, where it met with rave reviews including The Australian calling it "riotously funny".
It is a co-production between Opera Q, Seattle Opera and New Zealand Opera and a great example of how OperaQ productions made in Australia and employing Australian artists have gone on to achieve international success. It follows Rossini’sCenerentola(2013) which has been performed in San Diego, Leipzig and New Zealand. After Seattle, the production will head to New Zealand.
Opera Q has also toured the production to regional Queensland for Project Rossini.
This was the follow up to OperaQ’s ambitious Project Puccini. A community initiative introduced by Artistic Director Lindy Hume to train local chorus members to perform alongside professional opera singers in an OperaQ performance.Over 11 weeks, nearly 250 selected chorus members, 30 chorus members per location, were taught how to sing in Italian, dance the Fandango, and ultimately had the opportunity perform inThe Barber of Sevillewith some of Queensland’s brightest opera stars in a regional tour that visited eight different communities across the Queensland and was seen by 5,000 Queenslanders.