Singing teacher better Slater than never

Bartolo: Andrew Slater in The Barber of Seville
Bartolo: Andrew Slater in The Barber of Seville
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THEY say that those who can do and those who can’t teach – and in the case of Andrew Slater those classroom days are long behind him as he’s back ‘doing’.

In fact, the former Sheffield teacher is treading the boards these days as one of the stars of English Touring Opera.

Now based in Chesterfield, the bass-baritone returns to his old stomping ground next week as ETO sends two opera favourites to The Lyceum.

Andrew stars in The Barber Of Seville on Monday and Wednesday while Eugene Onegin will be performed on Tuesday.

High spirited, vocally athletic and a work of comic genius, Rossini’s Barber Of Seville has Andrew in one of the leading roles, as Doctor Bartolo. He is the guardian to the young Rosina, but also wants to marry her so stands in the way of her love to Count Almaviva. However, the young lovers, with the help of Figaro, outwit the curmudgeonly Dr Bartolo.

The opera, set in 17th century Seville, is based on a play by French writer Philippe Beaumarchais, whose famous Figaro inspired Mozart to pen The Marriage Of Figaro.

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, meanwhile, features heartfelt arias and ensembles, splendid choruses, ballroom scenes and a dramatic duel to the death, all set in 19th century St Petersburg with a live orchestra and in lavish period costume.

Tickets, priced £18.50-£27.50, from Sheffield Theatres in-person, via 0114 249 6000 or online at