I currently own two recordings of this opera. The safe choice would be the Teatro Real version with Florez and Bayo which provides excellent singing, acting and all the advantages of a Blu-ray production. But the safe choice is not always the best choice.
Despite all of all the obvious attractions of the Florez / Bayo version however, I would still choose this Zurich version as my ultimate favourite. The highly experienced conductor, Santi, is on top form and directs a crisp and lively production. In this he is supported by the outstanding singing and comedy acting of Kasarova, a natural comedienne if ever, and Lanza as a Figaro who excels.
The rest of the cast are just as good too with a believable Almaviva from Macias being a performer of the right age who can also sing and act and an impressive Basilio in Ghiaurov who has the right sort of resonating voice. The maid Berta, Magnuson, sings her aria well too. Bartolo, taken by Chausson, is excellent in his role with powerful singing, good acting and the ability to get round words with clarity at considerable speed. The setting features strikingly unusual costumes for Kasarova and is 'of' the period without being 'in' the period. The whole thing sparkles and it is likely that you may even laugh out loud, the comedy is so well done.
The reviewer who complains about the lack of English subtitles has not had the same experience as me as I have found the English subtitles are easy to access and work well. I think it would be safe to buy and expect the subtitles to be OK.
The sound is good DTS 5.1 and DD5.1 surround as well as stereo and the camera work is sympathetic to both the music and the cast. The stage construction seems to emphasise the sound of foot movement which is picked up by the microphones as rumble in the larger crowd scenes especially and which will mostly be audible to those with a deep bass extension to their replay equipment. I personally would accept this as a small price to pay for such excellence in every other respect.
There is one other version I have owned - that with Bartoli. However, that version is no longer competitive to my mind as the recording quality no longer competes despite a wonderful Bartolo with Lloyd.
My recommendation would therefore be to buy both this and the Florez versions but if only one is possible, I would have this one!