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Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia


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Vesselina Kasarova, Manuel Lanza, and Reinaldo Macias star in this Zurich Opera production of the Rossini opera conducted by Nello Santi.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vesselina Kasarova, Manuel Lanza, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Reinaldo Macias, Carlos Chausson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, German, English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42J54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have just received and watched the Covent Garden performance with Di Donato and Flores.
Archie (Ottawa Canada)
I would recommend this 1 to anybody who like "La Traviata" or "Rigoletto" by Rossini.
H. Massa
The highly experienced conductor, Santi, is on top form and directs a crisp and lively production.
I. Giles

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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I currently own two recordings of this opera. The safe choice would be the Teatro Real version with Florez and Bayo which provides excellent singing, acting and all the advantages of a Blu-ray production. But the safe choice is not always the best choice.

Despite all of all the obvious attractions of the Florez / Bayo version however, I would still choose this Zurich version as my ultimate favourite. The highly experienced conductor, Santi, is on top form and directs a crisp and lively production. In this he is supported by the outstanding singing and comedy acting of Kasarova, a natural comedienne if ever, and Lanza as a Figaro who excels.

The rest of the cast are just as good too with a believable Almaviva from Macias being a performer of the right age who can also sing and act and an impressive Basilio in Ghiaurov who has the right sort of resonating voice. The maid Berta, Magnuson, sings her aria well too. Bartolo, taken by Chausson, is excellent in his role with powerful singing, good acting and the ability to get round words with clarity at considerable speed. The setting features strikingly unusual costumes for Kasarova and is 'of' the period without being 'in' the period. The whole thing sparkles and it is likely that you may even laugh out loud, the comedy is so well done.

The reviewer who complains about the lack of English subtitles has not had the same experience as me as I have found the English subtitles are easy to access and work well. I think it would be safe to buy and expect the subtitles to be OK.

The sound is good DTS 5.1 and DD5.1 surround as well as stereo and the camera work is sympathetic to both the music and the cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Bannister on February 11, 2012
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I loved this Barber of Seville. While I prefer traditional settings and don't care at all for "industrial" or stark minimalist interpretations, this Zurich production is contemporary, but colorful and imaginative. Vesselina Kasarova is superb in the role. After watching this I wanted to see and hear more of her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Massa on April 19, 2013
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Manuel Lanza is awesome! I like the display, Vesselina Kasarova is at her best and the other characters are nice. The only thing I didn't like is that is not in Blue Ray. Besides that, the opera is my favorite so far! I would recommend this 1 to anybody who like "La Traviata" or "Rigoletto" by Rossini.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob on March 5, 2013
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I really enjoyed this version. It seemed like the singers had a lot fun performing it. No opera production is perfect; I do not mind watching this version more than once.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Archie (Ottawa Canada) on June 19, 2011
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I have just received and watched the Covent Garden performance with Di Donato and Flores. To compare, I went back to my previous favourite -- the performance with Bartoli, Kuebler and Quilico. Both in their own way are quite wonderful.

Then, I had another look and this performance. Words fail me as much as this humourless production fails the opera. The sets are over-extravagant and bear little relation to what is happening -- other than to give lots of items for unnecessary business and to show off the revolving stage. Kasarova has a wonderful and controlled voice, but she really likes showing off her chest and she continually overacts. Lanza (any relation to Mario?) has just stepped out of a spaghetti western and mostly sings as though he was in a Broadway musical. Macias plays Figaro as though he is a mafia hood. Chauson and Ghiaurov sing well, but are badly directed.

My very strong advice would be steer clear of this and get both of the ones mentioned at the top.
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