You can Count on a top performance

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Heritage Opera makes a return to Lancaster this Friday, with Rossini’s enchanting and outrageous The Barber of Seville.

Written in 1816 by a precocious and assured 23-year old, it tells of the adventures of the determined Count Almaviva to prise away Rosina, the coquettish ward of elderly, possessive and grumpy Dr Bartolo.

Against all the Doctor’s scheming, will the Count get his girl? This wacky, comic romp contains some of Rossini’s most memorable music, and you can look forward to a brisk, racy and thoroughly professional performance that utilises all of Heritage Opera’s proven and varied skills.

There’s a new translation by Sarah Helsby Hughes, brand-new costumes with ‘a colourful take on contemporary, faithful 1830s costumes’, and a cast of nine, all with national and international experience – except for Lancashire girl Alisa Mainwaring who’s making her Heritage debut before returning to her studies at London’s Guildhall in the autumn.

Under Musical Director Benjamin Cox at the keyboard, the singing will be accompanied by the Heritage Opera String Quartet.

The show starts at 7.30pm on Friday May 31 at The Grand Theatre in Lancaster.