Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini – Opera
Nello Santi, Grischa Asagaroff – Vesselina Kasarova (Rosina) – Opernhaus Zürich

In Zurich, a Barber of Seville full of energy and humour with a perfect Rosine

Filmed in April 2001 at the Zurich Opera, this Barber of Seville is by the excellent Rossini. Grischa Asagaroff’s direction is full of inspiration and humour: the scenery, a huge fan (naturally since we are in Seville) which swivels facilitating the "production" of gags, and the transposition into the 1930s with the appropriate costumes, side-car and scooter is effective.

Acclaimed by the audience, the conductor Nello Santi, who is at home at the Zurich Opera (he was the musical director there for ten years, 1958-1968) is a Rossinian conductor of great stature who also plays the piano part. But the real jewel in this film is Rosine played by Vesselina Kasarova who is an authentic mezzo-soprano coloratura. A virtuoso musician and perfect actor, she is charm personified. Around her is an excellent distribution and it is a delight to see Nicolaoi Ghiaurov in the role of Basil which he performs with great experience.

Reinaldo Macias (Count Almaviva)
Carlos Chausson (Doctor Bartolo, Rosina's guardian)
Vesselina Kasarova (Rosina, Dr. Bartolo's ward)
Manuel Lanza (Figaro, the Barber of Seville)
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Don Basilio, a music teacher)
Valeriy Murga (Fiorillo, a servant to the Count)
Kenneth Robertson (Ambrogio, a servant to Dr. Bartolo)
Elizabeth Rae Magnuson (Berta, a servant to Dr. Bartolo)


Nello Santi conductor

Movie director : Felix Breisach
Playlist : Great Italian Operas
Musical period : Romantic music
Music genres : Voice, Opera

Duration : 02 h 37 min
Location : Opernhaus Zürich (Zurich, Switzerland)
Recording date : 04/2001
Production : © EuroArts Music International
Available version(s) : IT ST EN