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Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino Blu-ray (Rossini Opera Festival)

Rossini’s one-act opera Il Signor Bruschino was premiered at the Teatro di San Moisè in Venice in 1813. The chilly reception it was given – it was performed only once – is difficult to understand today, considering its bubbly, exhilarating music. As performed at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the work is a gem, and the New York Times cheered the 'clever production' conceived by the young Florentine theater collective Teatro Sotteraneo, one of the most innovative experimental groups in Italy. The action takes place in a 21st-century Rossini theme park, a kind of Rossinian Disneyland with souvenir stands and the like. With its continuous alternation between 1813 and the present, it echoes the alternation of real lover and fake suitor in the libretto. The plot, which anticipates Donizetti’s Don Pasquale by about thirty years, is a fireworks of mistaken identities, in which a young man wants to marry his beloved, but has to disguise himself as her legitimate suitor in order to trick her scheming guardian.

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Gaudenzio: Carlo Lepore
Sofia: Maria Aleida
Bruschino padre: Roberto De Candia
Bruschino figlio / Commissario: Francisco Brito
Florville: David Alegret
Filiberto: Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore
Marianna: Chiara Amarù

Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini
Conductor: Daniele Rustioni
Directed by: Teatro Sotterraneo
Set and Costumes: Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino 
Lighting: Tiziano Mancini 

Plus: Cast Gallery / The Making of II Signor Bruschino

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 PCM Stereo/ DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JA/KO
Region code: All regions
Format: 1080p HD
Running time: 96+20 mins 
Year: 2013