Just back from the King’s Head in Upper Street in Islington, now re-branded as London’s Little Opera House – or as they insist on telling us the first new Opera House in London for 40 years. Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’ has been transformed into ‘The Barber of Salisbury’ in Robin Norton-Hale’s clever new translation with a liberal smattering of Jane Austen thrown into the libretto (‘a fact universally acknowledged’ makes it into Figaro’s opening aria, although in this version ‘a single man who possesses a good fortune more often wants a mistress’).
It’s all great fun, performed with much verve (to say nothing of much sweat – it is a very intimate venue) with some powerful voices – and no ticket more than £15 (a tad less than the Royal Opera or the ENO).

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