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Gioachino Rossini

The Barber of Seville

Melbourne Recital Centre
12 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019

The funniest night you can have at the opera


Prepare for an evening of huge laughs with Rossini’s most popular opera, which offers a delightful romp full of farcical frivolity.

Featuring some of opera’s most recognisable music, this madcap masterpiece is a paean to impertinence that will make you beam with joy and grin with delight.

Count Almaviva is hopelessly in love with the beautiful, young Rosina but first he must prise her from the clutches of her guardian, the lecherous Doctor Bartolo. Lucky for them, the flamboyant and cunning town barber Figaro has a few tricks up his sleeve.

One of Italy’s most renowned Rosinas, Chiara Amarù joins a stellar Australian cast in an essential, made-for-touring interpretation of this exuberant opera buffa, in the tradition of commedia dell’arte.

Join us for this timeless work of comic genius and prodigious musical invention in Melbourne and Launceston, Tasmania.

Don’t miss Rossini at his best with this hilarious night at the opera.


Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Thursday 12 December 2019, 7:30pm
Saturday 14 December 2019, 1:00pm

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, plus one interval

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Thursday 12 December

Price reserve maps for this production can be found on our Venue Information page.

Book 2 shows or more as part of a subscription and save 10–30% off single ticket prices.

Cast & Creatives

Composer Gioachino Rossini
Librettist Cesare Sterbini
Conductor Richard Mills
Director and Staging Concept Elizabeth Hill


Count Almaviva Brenton Spiteri
Doctor Bartolo Warwick Fyfe
Figaro José Carbó
Fiorello Stephen Marsh
Rosina Chiara Amarù
Berta Kathryn Radcliffe


Orchestra Victoria

Book Tickets

Choose Your Own (CYO) Subscription Pricing

Package (Adult) Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
2 Shows CYO $134 $116 $80 $35
3-4 Shows CYO $119 $103 $71 $35
5+ Shows CYO $104 $90 $62 $35

Single Ticket pricing

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Adult $149 $129 $89 $39
Concession $139 $119 $79 $39
Senior $144 $124 $84 $39
30 Years and Under N/A N/A $35 $35
Group (6+) $139 $119 $79 $39
Arts Access N/A N/A $30 $30

Subscription pricing applies to Full/Adult, Concession and 30 Years and Under ticket buyers. Discount savings are calculated on Full Single Ticket prices for 2019. Concession and 30 Years and Under subscription pricing does not apply to Premium seating. Tickets must be purchased in a single transaction as a package. A $8.50 Subscription Processing Fee applies per order to bookings made online, by phone or mail. Subscriptions close on Monday 4 March 2019.

If you have any issues booking online, please phone the Victorian Opera Subscription line on 1300 822 849. Please allow up to four weeks to have your subscription processed and to receive your tickets.

For single ticket phone bookings, please call Melbourne Recital Centre on (03) 9699 3333. Single ticket prices are correct at time of publishing and may vary.

We strongly advise that tickets should only be purchased via authorised ticket sellers. For The Barber of Seville these include Arts Centre Melbourne (subscriptions), Melbourne Recital Centre, Tix, Showbiz and What's On Live. Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Recital Centre can be accessed via links on this website. Tickets purchased through unauthorised sellers cannot be guaranteed.