Barnaby Rea has received rave reviews for his portrayal of Sparafucile in English National Opera’s current revival of Jonathan Miller’s iconic production of Rigoletto. Making his role debut, Barnaby gives a performance which has been described as “lean, mean, handsomely sung and lethally creepy” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian).
Here is a selection of some of the other critics’ remarks:
“Barnaby Rea gave a superlative performance as Sparafucile, his stage presence combining black menace with a sense of griminess that was entirely at home in this production, while his rich, resonant bass made for a thrilling vocal performance.” – Dominic Lowe, bachtrack.com
“Barnaby Rea’s cultured bass as the menacing Sparafucile…gave a masterclass of how opera can be performed in English.” – Jim Pritchard, seenandheard-international.com
“Barnaby Rea’s Sparafucile…outstanding.” – David Gutman, The Stage
“In a production that has Sparafucile merging in and out of the shadows like a wraith, Barnaby Rea and his sinuous baritone dominated the scenes he was in.” – Peter Reed, classicalsource.com
“Outstanding Brit, Barnaby Rea, steals the show with his powerful Sparafucile.” – Mark Valencia, whatsonstage.com
“Barnaby Rea’s performance as Sparafucile is pleasingly musical.” – Michael Church, The Independent
“Barnaby Rea’s Sparafucile – beautifully sung.” – Alexandra Coghlan, theartsdesk.com
Performances of Rigoletto run until 28th February. For more information and to book your ticket please click here.