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Funny, faithful and inventive: Scottish Opera’s Barber of Seville reviewed

11 November 2023

9:00 AM

11 November 2023

9:00 AM

The Hallé, Elder

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Barber of Seville

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, and touring until 25 November

A violinist friend in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra used to talk about an orchestra’s ‘muscle memory’; a collective instinct that transmits itself, unspoken and unconscious, among the members of the ensemble. The occasion was a return visit from Sir Simon Rattle, a good decade and a half after he’d left Birmingham.

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