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4.0 out of 5 stars
Lacks historical credibility, 2 July 2010
Since other reviewers have commented at length on the musical aspects of this production, I will concentrate here on the staging. Technically it is excellent, but I am rather baffled as to why it was chosen to set this in early 19th century France. This would only make sense if the French Revolution had never occurred! As it is, we see what is essentially still a pre-1789 aristocratic household, amazingly surviving into the 19th century completely unscathed, and with all its attitudes and prejudices of the earlier period intact. Surely by 1830 Count Almaviva's plan to reintroduce the 'droit du seigneur' would have been utterly unthinkable with the noise of the mob and shadow of the guillotine in the background?
Unfortunately, musically excellent and visually appealing as this production is, it means it is completely lacking in any historical credibility, which is irritating for a member of the audience with any sense of history, (or indeed of geography - the several references to nearby Seville no longer make any sense).