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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia DVD (The Royal Opera)

 

  • Filmed at the Royal Opera House, this Barbiere, with its unbeatable cast and the director's characteristic wit and intelligence, 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.'A true Royal Opera classic recording that also includes Juan Diego Flórez's voice flying magnificently off in every direction.

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

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

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: LPCM Stereo / DD 5.1 Surround
    Format: NTSC
    Region code: 0 worldwide
    Running Time: 176 mins
    Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/SP/IT



  • "There is thoughtfulness as well as brilliance in Antonio Pappano's conducting, which gives us greater emotional resonance than usual in this work without diluting its abrasive comedy... DiDonato's rebelliousness and gleaming tone shone through. Flórez has fun slumming it in fatigues... his technique still dazzles and his arias brought the house down." The Guardian

    "This was the best performance I have heard from Antonio Pappano at the Royal Opera House...The orchestra was on colourful, sprightly form, right from the beginning of the overture, and there was a clear sense of structure throughout." Seen and Heard International