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AFFORDABLE opera in the open air comes to Newbury this weekend when Opera Brava return to the Racecourse for the fourth year, to perform Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
With an audience of up to 2,000 adults and children expected, the production will suit both regular buffs and anyone who wants to see opera for the first time. Opera Brava director Bronek Pomorski says: “Written in three weeks, Rossini’s melodic masterpiece is one of the wittiest and most immediately appealing comic operas in the repertoire today and as fresh to the ear now as when it first burst upon it’s Italian audiences in 1816. As the plot unfolds and is dramatically told through Rossini’s brilliant musical structure, it helps us to understand, in part, the Barber’s special place in the history of opera.”
Greenham Common Trust has been organising and subsidising outdoor operas since 2005, delivering professional performances which are accessible and enjoyable for family audiences at a fraction of Covent Garden prices
Tickets cost £10 and are available from the Corn Exchange, visit

. Doors open at 6pm for a 7.30pm start. A licensed bar is available and the audience is invited to bring a picnic and their own chairs.



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