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The Barber of Seville

Opera in Palma

oper 4.0 figaro

This year Palma Auditorium is celebrating 50 years in the business of entertaining people with a plethora of productions spanning ballet, opera, musicals, concerts and theatre. One of the highlights of the programme is a rather radical production of The Barber of Seville by the German opera company Oper 4.0 on the 4th and 5th of September.

Basically what Oper 4.0 are attempting to do is bring about the 4th revolution in opera history, to make the words and music of equal importance in the story telling and by making it livelier and more vibrant, bring more people in to see it.

The production brings an international cast of singers to the stage with Italian, German, Russian and British stars accompanied by the Camerata Mallorquina orchestra. Tickets cost from €49 to €79 and can be bought on this link – Palma Auditorium.

Despite the highbrow reputation of both Opera and Ballet, the storylines are often almost childlike in their themes and sometimes so convoluted that they are barely understandable and a large dollop of the suspension of disbelief is required. People in disguise, double dealings, betrayal, magical objects, dreams, and complete fantasy are all portrayed before the fat lady has cleared her throat.

My advice is just go with the flow and don't even try to understand what's going on, just enjoy the brilliant music and marvel at the voice control of the singers.