|Njabulo Madlala, who makes his role debut as Figaro|
Spring 2023 will see Ulster Touring Opera performing its first full staged opera production. Artistic director Dafydd Hall Williams’ production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville will be performed at four performances across Northern Ireland and the Republic in February 2023.
Belfast-born mezzo-soprano Sinéad O’Kelly is Rosina, with South African baritone Njabulo Madlala making his role debut as Figaro, English tenor Jack Roberts [Lensky in Opera Holland Park’s 2022 Young Artist performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, see my review] as Count Almaviva, Belfast baritone Malachy Frame as Basilio, and Spanish soprano Lorena Paz Nieto [Lisette in IF Opera’s recent production of Puccini’s La Rondine, see my review] as Berta. The production will be sung in English in Amanda Holden’s beloved translation. The music director is Keith McAlister and the accompaniment will be piano and clarinet.
- Saturday 4 February: Market Place Theatre, Armagh
- Friday 10 February: An Grianán, Letterkenny
- Wednesday 15 February: MAC Belfast
- Friday 17 February: Ramor Theatre, Cavan