“Barnaby Rea’s Sparafucile: lean, mean, handsomely sung and lethally creepy.”

14 February 2017

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.

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