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ROSSINI, G.: Barbiere di Siviglia (Il) (Schwetzingen Festival, 1988) (PAL)


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ROSSINI, G.: Barbiere di Siviglia (Il) (Schwetzingen Festival, 1988) (PAL)

DVD Clip
Gioachino Rossini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

A comic opera in two acts (Libretto: Sterbini based on Beaumarchais)

Running Time : 157 min
Recording Date: 1988
Menu languages: D,GB,F,SP
Subtitle languages: D, F, GB, SP, I
Region Code: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Sel. No. 100 090 PAL

Rossini was 24 years old when in 1816 he wrote his seventeenth opera and most renowned "buffa", The Barber of Seville, in barely three weeks. The accompanying recording is from the 1988 Schwetzinger Festspiele. The production by Michael Hampe, director of the Cologne Opera at that time, is distinguished by humorous direction of movement which never degenerated into slapstick. It aimed for a high tempo and abandoned the alienation effect to allow for an increasing exuberance in performance by the protagonists. Ezio Frigerios stage settings are equally as appealing to the eye as Mauro Pagano's costumes, whose design consciously strengthens the comic impact of the characters. Resounding from the orchestra pit is an exceptionally defined, coherent and graceful performance of Rossini's composition. Gabriele Ferro appreciates how to effect subtle differentiations and in so doing strikes an ideal balance between the orchestra and the stage. The choir ensemble is first class, led by an irresistible Cecilia Bartoli.

Rossini, Gioachino

Sterbini, Cesare

Ferro, Gabriele

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

Cologne City Opera Choir

Bartoli, Cecilia; Bruch, Klaus; Feller, Carlos; Kappeler, Paul; Kertesz-Gabry, Edith; Kuebler, David; Lloyd, Robert; Quilico, Gino

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 100090

Barcode: 4006680100906

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Physical Release: 03/2001

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