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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia DVD (The Royal Opera)

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Filmed at the Royal Opera House, this Barbiere, with its unbeatable cast and the director's characteristic wit and intelligence, offers a unique dramatic twist: Joyce DiDonato, who had broken her leg on the opening night, went on with the show. As she said: 'Being trapped in the wheelchair was a quite literal way of demonstrating Rosina's huge desire to break free.'A true Royal Opera classic recording that also includes Juan Diego Flórez's voice flying magnificently off in every direction.

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Fiorello: Changhan Lim
Count Almaviva: Juan Diego Flórez
Figaro: Pietro Spagnoli
Rosina: Joyce DiDonato
Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli
Don Basilio: Ferruccio Furlanetto

Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus Director: Renato Balsadonna
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Concert Master: Vasko Vassilev
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Harpsichord: Antonio Pappano
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Stage Directors: Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier
Set Designs: Christian Fenouillat
Costume Designs: Agostino Cavalca
Lighting design: Christophe Forey

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM Stereo / DD 5.1 Surround
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 176 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/SP/IT


"There is thoughtfulness as well as brilliance in Antonio Pappano's conducting, which gives us greater emotional resonance than usual in this work without diluting its abrasive comedy... DiDonato's rebelliousness and gleaming tone shone through. Flórez has fun slumming it in fatigues... his technique still dazzles and his arias brought the house down." The Guardian

"This was the best performance I have heard from Antonio Pappano at the Royal Opera House...The orchestra was on colourful, sprightly form, right from the beginning of the overture, and there was a clear sense of structure throughout." Seen and Heard International