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Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Comic Opera in Two Acts ¡V Sung in Italian
Cecilia Bartoli, David Kuebler, Gino Quilico, Carlos Feller, Robert Lloyd, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Gabriele Ferro
Stage Director: Michael Hampe
100 091 NTSC
Running Time: 124 minutes
Rossini was only 24 years old when in 1816 he wrote his seventeenth and most famous opera, The Barber of Seville, in an astonishing three weeks.
Michael Hampe¡¦s humorous direction of this 1988 live-performance at the Schwetzinger Festspiele stands out with its high tempo that makes for a highly exuberant production. Ezio Frigerios¡¦ appealing stage setting and Mauro Pagano¡¦s colourful costumes heighten the comic effect.
Gabriele Ferro¡¦s direction strikes a beautiful balance between a vibrant orchestral performance and a superb choir.
The irresistible Cecilia Bartoli leads a cast that includes David Kübler, Gino Quilico and Carlos Feller.
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