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The curtain goes up on a maid vacuuming Figaro’s room. Later Susanna irons with an electric iron; there is a salon hairdryer on the set. But the cast are dressed in 18th-century costumes. So why mix the two? That’s a question this mish-mash production makes no attempt to answer. It also offers little insight into a familiar story.

The cast does its best to rescue the situation but without great success. Much of the singing is competent rather than inspired although Rachelle Durkin is an affecting Countess and Taryn Fiebig a feisty Susanna. Patrick Summers keeps the orchestra going at a gallop while Kanen Breen as Don Basilio gives a masterclass in how to be funny without overacting. But it is largely for Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ Figaro that one might consider acquiring this version. He towers above the rest of the cast literally as well as metaphorically. There are, however, much better productions already available.

Richard Fawkes Read the full review on Agora Classica

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