Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Michael Hampe (stage director), Gabriele Ferro (conductor) — With David Kuebler (Count Almaviva), Cecilia Bartoli (Rosina)...

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Michael Hampe — Stage director

Ezio Frigerio — Stage sets and costumes

Mauro Pagano — Stage sets and costumes

David Kuebler — Count Almaviva

Carlos Feller — Bartolo

Cecilia Bartoli — Rosina

Gino Quilico — Figaro

Robert Lloyd — Basilio

Klaus Bruch — Fiorello

Edith Kertész-Gabry — Berta

Paul Keppeler — Ambrogio

Eberhard Katz — An Officer

Gustav Lütgenthey — A Notary

Cologne Opera Chorus

Hans Wolfgang Schmitz — Chorus director

Program notes

The irresistible Cecilia Bartoli leads an all-star cast in Rossini’s most renowned opera buffa! Filmed live at the Schwetzinger Festspiele, Michael Hampe’s 1988 production of Il Barbiere di Siviliglia strikes the perfect balance between irrepressible exuberance, lighthearted comedy, and high caliber artistry. Music director Gabriele Ferro leads the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart in Rossini’s carbonated masterwork of a score, composed in barely three weeks when he was only 24 years old (though already on his seventeenth opera)! A superlative interpretation of Rossini’s endlessly-entertaining tale of love, greed, and comic hijinx.

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