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Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Vesselina Kasarova, Manuel Lanza, Reinaldo Macias, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Carlos Chausson, Valeri Murga, Peter Kalmán
Grischa Asagaroff, stage director; Luigi Perego, scenery
Opera Zurich
Nello Santi

Rossini's popular work - which was first performed in 1816 at the Teatro Argentina in Rome - contains some of opera's most tuneful and recognizable music - from its lively overture to Figaro's Largo al factotum to Rosina's Una voce poco fa. Based on the play of the same title by the French dramatist Beaumarchais (1732-1799), the opera is a delightful rigmarole of riotous situations in a race to win the hand of the young Rosina. Vesselina Kasarovas Rosina made this production of 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' a memorable event. She captivated the audience with fluent coloraturas, an infinite variety of tone colors and nuances of expression, as well as her phenomenal versatility as an actress.

Facts

Prog. No.
5124
Music genre
Opera
Length
156 mins
Director
Felix Breisach
Producers
©EuroArts Music International, NHK, Opernhaus Zürich
Production year
2001