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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia DVD (Glyndebourne)

The ‘sheer visual sophistication’ of Annabel Arden’s Barbiere serves ‘a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius’, featuring de Niese’s ‘powerfully sung’ Rosina, Bürger’s ‘gale-force’ Figaro and Stayton’s ‘pure and mellifluous’ Almaviva – a leading trio ‘musically and dramatically beyond compare’ (The Independent ★★★★★). Contributing to the ‘ensemble precision’, the rest of the cast includes a ‘scene-stealing’ Berta in Kelly, a ‘suavely unctuous’ Basilio from Stamboglis and Corbelli’s Bartolo, ‘an object lesson in comic understatement’ (The Guardian). With Enrique Mazzola at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief’ (The Telegraph).

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Composer:Gioachino Rossini
Danielle de Niese
Dr Bartolo:
Alessandro Corbelli
Björn Bürger
Count Almaviva:
Taylor Stayton
Christophoros Stamboglis
Janis Kelly

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Director: Annabel Arden
Designs: Joanne Parker
Lighting: James Farncombe

Plus: Opera al dente - The Making of Il barbiere di Siviglia / Director's Commentary / cast gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: Dolby Stereo, Dolby Surround
Region code: 0 (All Regions)
Format: NTSC
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO
Running time: 164+8 mins 
Year: 2016