As you watch the Brits on Wednesday night – if you watch the Brits on Wednesday night – spare a thought for the man who has written the script you’re hearing. Andy Milligan has one great advantage, at least.
The Barber of Seville – Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera masterpiece – opens in Cardiff on Saturday, nearly 200 years to the day since its premiere in Rome on 20 February 1816.
Its targets are famous ones. No cult figures or untold stories here: Johnny Cash, the Beach Boys, the Doors, Ray Charles, punk rock – and the Beatles. Yet it is only in that last sequence, set in the band’s Rishikesh retreat, that the joke is likely to be obvious to anyone not a music obsessive.
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