Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia / Bartoli, Ferro

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Label: ARTHAUS
Catalog: 102305
Format: DVD

Cecilia Bartoli (Rosina), David Kuebler (Il Conte Almaviva), Gino Quilico (Figaro), Carlos Feller (Bartolo), Robert Lloyd (Don Basilio), Edith Kertesz-Gabry (Berta) Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Choir of Cologne City Opera, Gabriele Ferro (conductor) & Michael Hampe (stage director)

Rossini was 24 years old when in 1816 he wrote his seventeenth and most famous opera The Barber of Seville in an astonishing three weeks. Michael Hampe’s humorous direction of his 1988 live performance at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival stands out with its fast tempo that makes for a highly exuberant production. Ezio Firgerio’s appealing stage and Mauro Pagano’s colourful costumes heighten the comic effect. The musical direction of conductor Gabriele Ferro strikes a beautiful balance between a vibrant orchestral performance and a superb ensemble of singers. The irresistible Cecilia Bartoli as Rosina leads a cast that also includes David Kuebler, Gino Quilico and Carlos Feller. “This is an effective, straightforward traditional performance under Gabriele Ferro, with Cecilia Bartoli in excellent voice, making this an irresistible production which should be in every collection.” Classical London Sound Format: PCM Stereo Picture Format: 4:3 DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), DE, GB, FR, ES, JP Running time: 185 minutes

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