What a dream cast! As Almaviva, Nicolai Gedda sounds attractively virile (many Almavivas tend to be vocally "wimpy"), and throws himself into the comedy scenes with gusto! His drunken soldier and ever-so-pious "singing teacher" acts are laugh-out-loud sections, even for a non-Italian speaker like myself. Milnes is in superb voice, and I defy anyone to deliver "Largo al factotum" as breathtakingly / humorously / brilliantly as he does. Like the rest of the cast, Milnes is a superb vocal actor. Capecchi is the funniest Bartolo around, and Ruggero Raimondi's powerful but cleverly nuanced bass-baritone makes for a suitably sinister (and sneaky!) Basilio. Beverley Sills was a real "stage animal", and her Rosina does not disappoint. Purists might object to a soprano singing a mezzo role, but Sills has a mellow lower register and a bell-like "top", not to mention a wonderful sense of mischief! James Levine's exciting conducting - the orchestra has as much fun as the singers! - is the icing on the cake. At a bargain price, too. If you enjoy the fun and magic of Rossini, buy this recording!