Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini

Grischa Asagaroff (stage director), Nello Santi (conductor) – With Vesselina Kasarova (Rosina) – Opernhaus Zürich

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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

Program notes

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.

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