Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Emilio Sagi (stage director), Gianluigi Gelmetti (conductor) — With Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva), María Bayo (Rosina)...

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Emilio Sagi — Stage director
Llorenç Corbella — Stage design
Renata Schussheim — Costumes
Eduardo Bravo — Lighting
Juan Diego Flórez — Count Almaviva
Bruno Praticò — Bartolo
María Bayo — Rosina
Pietro Spagnoli — Figaro
Ruggero Raimondi — Don Basilio
Marco Moncloa — Fiorello
Susana Cordón — Berta
Enrique Sánchez Ramos — An officer
Antonio Ortega — Ambrogio
José Antonio Sanguino — A notary
Patricia Barton — Fortepianist
John Paul Friedhoff — Cellist

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Emilio Sagi's delightful version of the legendary Barber of Seville.

At dawn Lindoro and a band of street musicians are serenading the window of Rosina. Figaro, the Barber of Seville arrives and recognizes his former master in disguise: Count Almaviva. Almaviva fell in love with Rosina and explains he wants to seduce her with his qualities and not with his money. The cunning Figaro is here to help Count Almaviva get inside the doctor's house who keeps Rosina locked in, in order to marry her.

This rendition of one of the most successful operas of all times is enriched by a bright distribution which distinguishes itself for its musicality as much as for its dramatic expression. The Spanish soprano Maria Bayo returns to one of her signature role as Rosina, opposite Juan Diego Florez, the Rossini expert tenor. The title role is embodied by the lively and tasteful Italian baritone Pietro Spagnoli, while Ruggero Raimondi and Bruno Pratico reconcile the audience with the unpleasant couple Don Basilio and Don Bartolo.

Photo: Javier del Real.

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Directed by:
Ángel Luis Ramírez
Venue: Teatro Real de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
Production date: 2005
Duration: 2 h 47 min
Production: © Opus Arte / Teatro Real / Mediapro