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Rossini: The Barber of Seville / Zedda/Netherlands Opera, Malis, Larmore [DVD]

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For his first opera production, Dario Fo, the theatre director known for his brilliant wit, chose to stage Rossini's 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' sung in Italian for the Netherlands Opera. First mounted in 1987, it was a huge success and a live recording of its revival in May 1992, the 200th anniversary of Rossini's birth, has been made.

For his first opera production, Dario Fo, the theatre director known for his brilliant wit, chose to stage Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia sung in Italian for the Netherlands Opera. First mounted in 1987, it was a huge success and a live recording of its revival in May 1992, the 200th anniversary of Rossini's birth, has been made. Fo has said that "Rossini is the musician of eating and love. He composes music rich in herbs and aromas, in which you find olives, tomatoes, fish, roses and rosemary, sheets and tablecloths, dry wine and the laughter of girls" His "Barber" is a joyful carnival. During the overture he fills the stage with carnival revelers and immediately the commedia dell'arte origins of opera buffa are restored. Visual theatrics abound, never at the expense of the music, but highlighting it, engaging the eye as well as the ear. Fo addresses the heart more than the intellect and Rossini's comedy comes up dazzling and vital.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 153 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 2.0,
Subtitles: English



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>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
  • Performers: David Malis (Baritone); Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano); Richard Croft (Tenor); Renato Capecchi (Baritone); Simone Alaimo (Bass)
  • Conductor: Alberto Zedda
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816