(2011) highlight the unique, acoustic sound and stark, dark poetry of what they like to call “the duet”. More recently there’s the larger ensemble Dave Rawlings Machine, of which Welch is also a member and contributing songwriter. Their two albums are equally steeped in folk, bluegrass and country music, but have a slightly more rock ‘n’ roll ambience. It’s in these two guises that Welch and Rawlings touring. It’s the long-awaited return of two of the US’s most revered American songwriters and performers. Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown. Monday and Tuesday, 8pm. Tickets: $86. Bookings: 1300 795 012 or online. Jose Gonzalez The Swedish indie-folk musician performs material from his new album Vestiges and Claws. Gonzalez gained notoriety with his soft-folk covers of songs such as the Knife’s Heartbeat as well as songs by Bruce Springsteen and Joy Division, The Barber of Seville Conductor Andrea Molino and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra’s scintillating account of the overture to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville set the right tone at the opening night performance. Updating the action to the 1920s, director Elijah Moshinsky’s 21-year-old production continues to convince precisely because the opera’s slapstick-style antics make perfect sense in a setting inspired by the silent movie era. The uniformly strong cast and stylish orchestral accompaniments generated alluring sparkle. Each of the singers had their individual strengths, and they all excelled in the accurate execution of Rossini’s fast passagework. Sustaining a dark-hued timbre and displaying brilliant comic timing, baritone Paolo Bordogna was outstanding as Figaro. Tenor Kenneth Tarver (Count Almaviva) impressed with his shapely phrasing and lightness of touch, while freshvoiced mezzosoprano Anna Dowsley (Rosina) captured her character’s mix of cunning and charm. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tickets: $44-$279. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Until March 22. what has been left behind. Tom Stoppard’s renowned play is directed by Richard Cottrell in this Sydney Theatre Company production, starring Ryan Corr (pictured), Blazey Best, Andrea Demetriades, Josh McConville and Glen Hazeldine. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Opens Monday. Tickets: $76-$104. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Until April 2.