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Il barbiere di Siviglia (2001)

G | | Music | TV Movie April 2001
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 ... See full summary »


Felix Breisach


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Credited cast:
Carlos Chausson Carlos Chausson ... Bartolo
Nicolai Ghiaurov Nicolai Ghiaurov ... Basilio
Vesselina Kasarova Vesselina Kasarova ... Rosina
Manuel Lanza Manuel Lanza ... Figaro
Reinaldo Macias Reinaldo Macias ... Almaviva
Elizabeth Magnuson Elizabeth Magnuson ... Berta
Valeriy Murga Valeriy Murga ... Fiorillo / Un ufficiale


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.

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An enjoyable production with fine performances from Kasarova and Chausson
12 July 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Il Barbiere Di Siviglia is my personal favourite of Rossini's operas, though I am very fond of William Tell and La Cenerentola as well. I saw this production as I've always liked Nello Santi's conducting, I loved Carlos Chausson's Bartolo in the 2002 production, I am a big fan of Nicolai Ghiaurov and I heard much about how good Vasselina Kasarova was. And while not my favourite Barbiere like the Ponnelle film, the Baroli/Quillico, Nucci/Battle and Madrid productions, it is very enjoyable. It may have some touches that make you question what period the production is set in, most notably Figaro arriving on a motor cycle and while well done technically and vocally the Almaviva of Reinaldo Macias was rather bland and lacked wit.

Much redeemed it though. The costumes and sets are mostly very colourful, made more enjoyable by the sharp picture quality and unobtrusive camera work. Musically, it is truly excellent, with lively orchestral playing(Largo Al Factotum and the finale to Act 1 were the standouts) and knowing conducting from Nello Santi. Both finales are exuberant and not too cluttered, with well balanced ensemble singing. The staging apart from some questionable touches are fun and colourful. Macias aside, the performances are great. Manuel Lanza is not one of my favourite Figaros ever but he is thoroughly decent, charming and dapper and he handles the range well. Nicolai Ghiaurov has given better performances before in his long career, but still makes for a very good Basilio even at 71/72, darkly funny with a still sumptuous timbre to his voice. Elisabeth Rae Magnuson's Berta is wholly memorable, I have found the character forgettable before but Magnuson's sweet clarity and appealing stage presence ensures that doesn't happen. The two best performances come from Vasselina Kasarova and Carlos Chausson. Kasarova's low notes positively purr and her high notes are huge and soaring, and overall her Rosina is a very sexy one indeed. Chausson's Bartolo is the very definition of comically wicked, and he has a lovely, characterful voice.

All in all, enjoyable if not my favourite Barbiere. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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