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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia Blu-ray (The Royal Opera)

The 23-year-old Gioachino Rossini completed his masterpiece Il barbiere di Siviglia incredibly quickly – legend has it in just 13 days – which Rossini attributed to ‘facility and lots of instinct’. He drew on Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais’ play Le Barbier de Seville – part of a dramatic trilogy that also inspired Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. The opera is characterized by youthful energy and bold wit: qualities brought to the fore in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s colourful production. Filmed at the Royal Opera House, this Barbiere offers a unique dramatic twist: Joyce DiDonato, who had broken her leg on the opening night, went on with the show. As she said: ‘Being trapped in the wheelchair was a quite literal way of demonstrating Rosina’s huge desire to break free.’

Composer:Gioachino Rossini
Count Almaviva: Juan Diego Flórez
Figaro: Pietro Spagnoli
Rosina: Joyce DiDonato
Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli
Don Basilio: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Fiorello: Changhan Lim 

Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus Director: Renato Balsadonna
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Concert Master: Vasko Vassilev
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Harsichord: Antonio Pappano
Stage Directors: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Set Designs: Christian Fenouillat
Costume Designs: Agostino Cavalca
Lighting design: Christophe Forey

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM Stereo / DD 5.1 Surround
Region code: All Regions
Running Time: 176 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/SP/IT
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