Gioacchino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia. Reinaldo Macias, Carlos Chausson, Vesselina Kasarova, Manuel Lanza, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elizabeth Rae Magnuson, Valeriy Murga, and Kenneth Robertson sings with the choir and orchestra of Zurich, which is conducted Nello Santi, in a recording from 2001.
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Gioacchino Rossini: The Barber of Seville. (complete opera). Reinaldo Macias, Carlos Chausson, Vesselina Kasarova, Manuel Lanza, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elizabeth Rae Magnuson, Valeriy Murga, and Kenneth Robertson sings with the choir and orchestra of Zurich, which is conducted Nello Santi, in a recording from 2001.
1 DVD. Euroarts. 2051248
Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Reinaldo Macias (Tenor), Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Manuel Lanza (Tenor), Carlos Chausson (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Zurich Opera House Orchestra, Zurich Opera House Chorus
Written: 1816; Italy
Date of Recording: 4/2001
Venue: Live Zurich Opera House
Gioacchino Rossini - IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Vesselina Kasarova • Manuel Lanza • Reinaldo Macias • Nicolai Ghiaurov • Carlos Chausson
Orchester und Chor Opernhaus Zürich
Nello Santi, conductor
Grischa Asagaroff, stage director
Recorded live at the Opernhaus Zürich, April 2001
Picture format: NTSC • 16:9 anamorphic
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (all)
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 161 mins
No. of DVDs: 1
* A “firework display of exhilarating comedy” was how the press described this Barber of Seville, enthusing about the "unforced liveliness" of the cast.
* The cast was led by Manuel Lanza as Figaro, Reinaldo Macias as the Count, Carlos Chausson as Bartolo and Nicolai Ghiaurov as Basilio. However, the show really belongs to Vesselina Kasarova's colorful Rosina who, according to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, “turned this Barber into a major event.”
* Conducted by Nello Santi, who animated his orchestra to play with both precision and verve, and who missed not a single point or dab of colour in the score.
R E V I E W S
“Vesselina Kasarova’s Rosina turned this Barber into a major event. Pearling coloratura, endless resources of vocal colour and nuance and phenomenal acting versatility became mere means to and end: that of making Rosina into a human being of flesh and blood, with heart, humour and considerable brains.” -- Neue Zürcher Zeitung
“Every step went exactly with the music, every gesture matching every note.” -- Zürich Express
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