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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, April 2013

ROSSINI, G.: Barbiere di Siviglia (Il) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2011) (NTSC) 101623
ROSSINI, G.: Barbiere di Siviglia (Il) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) 108042

Conductor Andrea Battistoni…leads a very spirited and colorful performance of this Rossini classic. The orchestra and chorus respond with total commitment to his baton and really cannot be faulted in any way.

…Battistoni is abetted by an excellent cast, which includes a splendid Rosina in the person of the Georgian-born Ketevan Kemoklidze, whose voice has a robust yet velvety tone that relatively few mezzo-sopranos have. Baritone Luca Salsi…makes a splendid Figaro…and is simply marvelous throughout. Bruno Pratico, as Bartolo is also excellent, with just the right kind of vocal resources and fine comedic sense. Russian tenor Dmitry Korchak…makes a more than an adequate Count Almaviva. The remainder of the cast is also fine.

The camera work is fine throughout and the sound reproduction is vivid and well balanced. All in all, this is a fine effort. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review

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