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100412 - ROSSINI, G.: Barbiere di Siviglia (Il) (DNO, 1992) (PAL)
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From The Netherlands Opera
GIOACCHINO ROSSINI - IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Comic opera in two acts

DAVID MALIS
JENNIFER LARMORE
RICHARD CROFT
SIMONE ALAIMO
RENATO CAPECCHI
LEONIE SCHOON
ROGER SMEETS

CHORUS OF THE NETHERLANDS OPERA
THE NETHERLANDS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Conductor: ALBERTO ZEDDA

Stage Director and Designer: DARIO FO ¡V Producer: GEORGE VAN BREEMAN - Video director: HANS HULSCHER

Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Region Code : 2, 5
Menu Languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitle Languages: GB, F, SP
Running Time: 154 min
DVD 9/ PAL
FSK: 0
Barcode: 4006680104126
Cat.-No PAL: 100 412

For his first opera production, Dario Fo, the theatre director known for his brilliant wit, chose to stage Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia 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, grapes, roses and rosemary, sheets and tablecloths, dry wine and the laughter of girls.' His 'Barbiere' is a joyful carnival. During the overture he fills the stage with carnival revellers 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.


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