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Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera North
Opera (December 2015)


'Eric Roberts’ gift for comic timing did not let him down as the doddery Dr Bartolo...'

Barber of Seville WNO & Opera North
Seen & Heard International (November 2015)


'Particularly outstanding is Janis Kelly as Todd’s new woman. Hearing and seeing her as a singing actress reminded me of Eric Roberts as Doctor Bartolo in Rossini’s Barber‚ seen several times in Llandudno in the shared production with Opera North. Her every little tick‚ facial expression and body movement serving the creation of the part to perfection'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera North
Guardian (October 2015)


'...the pair of old buffas‚ Basilio and Bartolo‚ Alastair Miles and Eric Roberts put in the kind of dyspeptic‚ jowl-waggling performances you’d expect'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera North
BachTrack.com (October 2015)


'The team of principals is fresh and young‚ but it is the not-so-young veteran Eric Roberts‚ a specialist in buffo baritone roles‚ who‚ as Doctor Bartolo‚ deserves a first mention. The fact that he is a seasoned interpreter of the role shows: he acts his heart out‚ with a slight‚ appropriate dodder to his voice but not to his gait‚ because he can gambol about when necessary as well as doze off in an armchair with his thumb in his mouth. His diction is phenomenal when speed is required'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera North
BachTrack.com (October 2015)


'...this classic production wouldn’t be complete without the comic genius of Eric Roberts as Bartolo'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Welsh National Opera
Opera (December 2011)


'Eric Roberts was again a richly comic Bartolo'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Welsh National Opera
Seen & Heard International (September 2011)


'Eric Roberts has played Bartolo in many a production of the Barber (including this one on more than one occasion) but there was nothing merely routine about the way he tackled the role on this occasion…he delivered his comic patter with panache and conviction and remains an excellent physical comedian'

Ariadne auf Naxos‚ Welsh National Opera
Opera-Britannia.com (October 2010)


'Eric Roberts as the Major-Domo relishes in his control of proceedings and beautifully milks the ridiculous urgency to finish the music before the 9 o’clock firework curfew'

Ariadne auf Naxos‚ Welsh National Opera
Seen & Heard International (October 2010)


'The minor roles were all filled by excellent actors and/or singers...Eric Roberts’ Major Domo‚ face smudged with smoke and holding a spent rocket after ’Die Feuerwerke’! was as self righteously authoritarian as anyone could wish...'

Ariadne auf Naxos‚ Welsh National Opera
The Arts Desk.com (October 2010)


'There are several other crisp performances in the prologue from singers who‚ like the Composer‚ are not required in the “opera” itself... Robert Poulton’s shock-haired Music Master‚ and the just-not-too-overacted Major Domo of Eric Roberts (another disruptive element‚ as the part is spoken) are also both excellent'

Ariadne auf Naxos‚ Welsh National Opera
Wales Online (October 2010)


'The cast is excellent with gorgeous singing and accomplished acting including the slapstick comedy that brought the show to life without descending into farce...Robert Poulton was a charmingly harried Music Master and Eric Roberts played up to the role of Major-Domo'

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera (September 2009)


'In the double role of Benoit and Alcindoro‚ Eric Roberts’ well-honed comic art was skilfully applied'

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
Whats Onstage.com (July 2009)


'...a pair of hilarious turns by Eric Roberts‚ doubling Benoît and Alcindoro'

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
MusicalCriticism.com (June 2009)


'The tableau is crowned by their hilarious circumvention of their elderly landlord Benoit (a sparkling caricature by Eric Roberts)'

The Barber of Seville‚ Welsh National Opera
MusicalCriticism.com (December 2008)


'In terms of role characterisation and delivery‚ pride of place has to go to Eric Roberts as Dr. Bartolo‚ a marvellously rounded performance that the cast clearly enjoyed almost as much as the audience. Roberts played Bartolo as a Victor Meldrew figure‚ constantly fussing and whining around the stage‚ seeing all his well-laid plans come to nothing and reduced ultimately to the line with which he literally kicked off the second half of the show – I don’t believe it! His voice was small for the Hippodrome auditorium but his delivery had all the panache we have come to expect from this accomplished and experienced singer'

The Barber of Seville‚ Welsh National Opera
Guardian (October 2008)


'Eric Roberts’s Dr Bartolo cleverly emphasises the commedia dell’arte origins of the character and the patent ridiculousness of Bartolo’s designs on his ward. Not for the first time‚ he stole the limelight‚ delivering the patter with considerable panache.'

The Barber of Seville‚ Welsh National Opera
Seen & Heard International (October 2008)


'Eric Roberts has taken the role of Bartolo in more than one production of the Barber‚ and in more than one of the incarnations of this particular production. It is not hard to see why – he inhabits the role with convincing physicality‚ with a repertoire of physical ailments and weaknesses and a mean-spirited irritability that work admirably...Roberts is a splendidly comic presence '

Il Barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera (August 2007)


'Eric Roberts made a forceful character of her frustrated guardian Dr Bartolo and was vocally nimble in his arias; his sombre garb and serious manner also eschewed any hint of caricature.'

Il Barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
ClassicalSource.com (July 2007)


'Eric Roberts’s Dr Bartolo is not the usual stock comic character; instead he manages to imbue the man with real-life qualities as he gets duped by all and sundry. There’s a lovely moment when Rosina is having her music lesson. As she opens her mouth to sing‚ Bartolo yawns very obviously. It’s a beautifully timed moment‚ although Bartolo‚ on awaking from his snooze‚ says - What a boring aria!'

Il Barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
MusicalCriticism.com (July 2007)


'Eric Roberts looked and acted the part of Dr Bartolo to perfection.'

Il Barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
The Stage (July 2007)


'Eric Roberts is a robust‚ charismatic Bartolo.'

Il Barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
Times (July 2007)


'Eric Roberts’s Dr Bartolo kept up a spry vocal line.'

Barber of Seville‚ Welsh National Opera
Guardian (October 2005)


'Scheming old Dr Bartolo may not have won Rosina’s hand‚ but it was Eric Roberts’ brilliantly drawn characterisation that stole this show‚ scene by stealthy scene. His comic timing was that of the consummate professional‚ milking the opportunities offered by RD MacDonald’s translation. It was all executed with such sureness of touch that this Bartolo might almost have been from Molière rather than Beaumarchais.'

Barber of Seville‚ Welsh National Opera
Stage Online (October 2005)


'Quite unforgettable is Eric Roberts as the funniest Bartolo
it has ever been my good fortune to witness. Hilarious.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Eastern Evening News (March 2004)


'Eric Roberts almost stole the show as Dr Bartolo.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Lancashire Evening Telegraph (February 2004)


'Note the outstanding comic delivery of Eric Roberts as Bartolo who commanded the audience’s attention - and giggles - with the slickest of ease.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Northern Echo (February 2004)


'The star of the evening is Eric Roberts as Bartolo‚ Rosina’s miserly‚ tyrannical guardian. He combines a superb voice with genuine comic talent.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
The Stage (February 2004)


'Eric Roberts demonstrates yet again his mastery of comic timing - his Bartolo is hilarious because subtly underplayed.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Yorkshire Post (February 2004)


'casting Eric Roberts as the Doctor has made sure that every moment of fun is extracted to the full. Roberts never misses a visual opportunity to concentrate our attention on his comical antics.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Guardian (January 2004)


'...a deliciously oily Doctor Bartolo.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Independent Review (January 2004)


'His performance is the essence of comedy.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Jewish Telegraph (January 2004)


'Eric Robert’s ingenious performance was unforgettable in 1998 and equally so now. His perfect diction of Rossini’s text in the style of Victor Meldrew stole the show.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Leeds Weekly News (January 2004)


'The award for the best comic turn certainly went to Eric Roberts‚ for his stumbling and grotesque version of the mean old doctor Bartolo.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Morley Observer (January 2004)


'Eric Roberts in the role of Dr Bartolo stole the audience’s heart. His acting skills as well as his singing brought a huge amount of character to the role of Rosina’s lecherous guardian.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Teletext (January 2004)


'Surely one of the best character singers in the business today'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
The Leeds Guide (January 2004)


'...played and acted superbly by Eric Roberts.'

Barber of Seville‚ Opera North
Times (January 2004)


'Eric Roberts’s Bartolo‚ oafish Pantaloon to the bootstraps‚ who fizzed into life reading the riot act to Rosina‚ spitting out the words of his patter-song splinter-sharp‚ a masterclass of understated slapstick in a role often played for groans.'

La Bohème‚ Opera North
Independent (September 2001)


'The excellent character singer Eric Roberts gives vivid cameos as landlord Benoit and as Alcindoro‚ Musetta’s elderly "protector"'

Magic Flute‚ Opera North
Hull Daily Mail (March 1998)


'..star of the show is Eric Roberts who brings warmth and a great deal of humour to the part of Papageno‚ whose antics have the audience in stitches at times.'

Magic Flute‚ Opera North
Musical Times (March 1998)


'...well sung...'

Magic Flute‚ Opera North
Opera (March 1998)


'...a genuine backwoodsman whose naivety we can accept at face value. So his plentiful humour is entirely natural. This man is a born comic - and a useful singer‚ too.'

Magic Flute‚ Opera North
Manchester Evening News (February 1998)


'Eric Roberts’ Papageno‚ mischievous‚ larky and comically lustful‚ steals the show.'

Magic Flute‚ Opera North
Tascaster & Sherburn News (January 1998)


'It was the magic of Eric Roberts who turned a bright production into a luminous one.'

Magic Flute‚ Opera North
Yorkshire Post (January 1998)


'Eric Roberts is an appealing Papageno.'

Magic Flute‚ Opera North
Sheffield Telegraph (December 1997)


'It has a real comic star in baritone Eric Roberts‚ who brings some of the bumbling charm of his namesake Eric Sykes to the role of Papageno.'

Magic Flute‚ Opera North
Yorkshire Evening Post (December 1997)


'Eric Roberts as Papageno the bird catcher displays a wide range of comic invention with his mellow baritone working to good effect.'

La Boheme‚ Opera North
Manchester Evening News (May 1996)


'I enjoyed Eric Roberts’ Alcindoro even more than before: how superbly he faces upstage Musetta in Quando Me’n Vo - and of course his Benoit is brilliant too.'

La Boheme‚ Opera North
Manchester Evening News (March 1996)


'Eric Roberts is amusingly professional‚ as ever‚ in his twin roles as Benoit and Alcindoro.'

La Boheme‚ Opera North
Guardian (January 1996)


'Eric Roberts gives a skilful cameo as Benoit.'