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The Barber of Seville

Rossini | Opera Australia | Our Season 2023

The Barber of Seville

Beyond haircuts and beard trims, this canny barber is the city’s matchmaking maestro!

Almaviva is wealthy, stealthy and head over heels. Rosina is witty, pretty and equally smitten. She’s also betrothed. They need a plan. Time to call on: Fi-ga-ro! Figaro! Figaro!

The stage is set for comic chaos. The Barber of Seville pops with lyrical acrobatics and irrepressibly funny characters. Rossini’s most famous ‘opera buffa’ is a musical masterpiece with a storyline that would be equally at home in a Hollywood rom-com.

Opera Australia’s finest voices and a live orchestra deliver a score that is instantly familiar from movies, cartoons and commercials.

Delight in a riotous romp along the road to true love! This is opera at its light-hearted, effervescent best.

A must-see if you love: Downton Abbey, Sliding Doors, clever disguises gone wrong and a case of mistaken identities.


  • Performed with a Live Chamber Orchestra
  • Directed by Priscilla Jackman
  • Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
  • Costume Designer Sabina Myers
  • Lighting Director Morgan Moroney
  • Orchestration Simon Bruckard
  • With Geelong Youth Choir

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Ticket prices

  • Full Price $75
  • Senior $68
  • Concession $68
  • Group (10 or more) $64
  • Student $68
  • Child $49


The Play House

Venue Address

Geelong Arts Centre

81 Ryrie St


140 minutes with a 20 minute interval.

Act 1 | 75 mins
Interval | 20 mins
Act 2 |
45 mins


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Show Warnings

Strobe Lighting, use of herbal cigarettes, mature themes.


No latecomers will be permitted into the theatre for the first 5 minutes after the show commences. Entry will be on applause/speaking points thereafter.


All e-tickets will be sent out 3 days prior to the performance.

Photography is not permitted during the performance.