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Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) - Madrid Teatro Real [DVD] [2005] [NTSC]

Bruno Practicò , Ruggero Raimondi    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Bruno Practicò, Ruggero Raimondi
  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Colour, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Music Operations
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BAQ8A0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,404 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


2DVD Ntsc/All Regions//Teatro Real Madrid/Gianluigi Gelmetti

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and white in colour 30 Oct 2009
This was my third Barbiere so far this year and it is only May so I was not exactly looking forward to it. I put it on at 9 pm after a hard day's work and watched it right through till after midnight. It was so good that it was like hearing and seeing the opera for the first time. Right from the overture, with Gianluigi Gelmetti conducting the orchestra of the Real Teatre in Madrid, it is clear we are in for something special. The curtain rises to a Seville street scene in black and white. All the characters wear black and white costumes.The effect is strangely beautiful.

The first half hour of this opera, until Rosina's entrance can be a little bit tedious but not in this production. Juan Diego Florèz as Count Almaviva shows why he is currently the world's leading Rossini tenor. I loved his serenade at Rosina's window and the fact that, instead of his pretending to play a guitar, the Spanish guitar player in the orchestra is spotlighted. Then we have the entrance of Figaro, sung by Pietro Spagnoli. Figaro is sometimes played as a bit of a clown but not in this production. He is a very dapper barber in his white waistcoat with black spots. Normally Figaro has the stage to himself when he addresses the audience but in this production, when he sings his "Largo al factotum", he is in a street bustling with people. He even cuts someones hair while he is singing. This is so obvious and natural that I wonder why I have never seen it done before. The idea of having an audience for the big solo numbers is repeated for Don Basilio's aria "La Calumnia" and also during Rosina's music lesson.

I was smitten by Maria Bayo's Rosina. She has a beautiful and very distinctive voice with a little girl timbre but an operatic volume.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous Florez 11 Sep 2007
Quite one of the best versions of this opera I have seen.
From the ingenious and beautiful sets and costumes to the very best singing this performance is a joy to the ears and the eyes.
Florez continues to grow in stage craft and his voice matures delightfully.
The lovely light voice of Maria Bayo is also a wonder to hear.
Altogether a performance to savour.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A stunning production 7 Dec 2008
Have a look at the 19 reviews of the non blu ray version on Amazon.com. I won't repeat them. This blu ray shows off HD to briliant effect. The costumes, the set and the design produce an effect which dazzles the eye. A truly world class performance from Juan Diego Flores alone makes this a worthy addition to your collection. It can be nitpicked but if you are building a blu ray collection, include this to show it off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real pleasure. 12 Dec 2009
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We will celebrate pretty soon the end of this year: life has been quite difficult for everybody . If you want to make a lovely present full of joy and fun allowing to forget his or her troubles -specially if your friend is a music lover- give this Spanish Barbiere as a present. It will be welcomed!

Rossini's famous "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" played by The Madrid Symphonic Orchestra in "El Teatro Real de Madrid" is the same popular old and beloved Italian Opera but with the addition of delightful vitality, color, novelty and fun. This one is a film, with production from Opus Arte during 2005 and showed today, creating quickly a real fashion, also because it is presenting Juan Diego Florèz the wonderful new tenor (opinion shared by the Opera magazine and critics)now a star in an amount of operas.
It also includes important theatrical elements in which artists are not only singing but acting and moving around quite permanently with the same rhythm as scenes and color changes: they sing, but also act in a dynamic and modern way. Scenes are conceived separately and differ from each other by extra artists displacing walls and furniture in an also new conception, while colors of scenery as well as dresses change from gloomy-elegant black and grey in the first act scenes to a brilliant multicolor display at the end. Some magic sense and some foolishness are added here and there, increasing the spell.

In the first part, Figaro (Pietro Spagnoli) is the hero and Rosina (Maria Bayo) is introduced, after the new tenor Conte Almaviva (Florèz) sings his Love serenade. She is a first class soprano on the style of the tradition of the three great Spanish sopranos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This production of The Barber of Seville from 2005 was made at Madrid's Teatro Real which seems particularly appropriate for an opera set in Spain. There is, throughout this performance, a very Spanish variety of energy with background characters moving about with references to Spanish dance movements and postures which also feature strongly at the conclusion of the opera.

The setting is very stylish and strikingly clean-cut with much use made of black and white colour schemes. Stage sets are moved in full view of the audience and are moved in such a way as to become part of the performance. The period is not precise but has an 18th century aura about it but seen very much through a stylised modern viewpoint. I found this to be very effective. The predominantly black and white colour scheme changes dramatically at the end with a festive burst of colour which adds significantly to the celebratory feel of the finale complete with .

The cast are uniformly excellent with a strong sense of fun being created. This is apparent between Figaro and Almaviva, between Figaro and Rosina and also extends to individual roles such as Bartolo, Don Basilio and the maid Berta who also sings her aria in act 3 especially well. Florez is very much billed as the star of this production and he is on very good form vocally and clearly enjoys his role in this production. A surprise addition is his extended final aria, normally heard at the end of Cinderella, which brings to tumultuous applause. However, he by no means otherwise outshines Pietro Spagnoli as Figaro who comes over as a particularly strong characterisation. He is also a particularly good singer who easily copes with the range and the speed of the vocal challenges.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Surreal Production!
A radical, surreal production with over the top farce.

Picture quality 3 - poor digital video look. Read more
Published 21 months ago by BoskoG
5.0 out of 5 stars A stylish production and performance of considerable character
This production of The Barber of Seville from 2005 was made at Madrid's Teatro Real which seems particularly appropriate for an opera set in Spain. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by I. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd rossini
very good service getting rossini dvd, and dvd is everthing we expected sound and picture very good recconmend to buy
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by paulc
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical
There are few Barbers available on video. The one most of us will be familar with is the Quilico/Bartoli DVD which would be hard to equal. Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by Mr. Mark R. Irving
5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating Performance
I strongly disagree with the two reviewers who downgraded this production to less than five stars largely because of the directing of Angel Louis Ramirez, which I thought enhanced... Read more
Published on 21 May 2011 by H. A. Weedon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Singing - Lousy Staging
Barber of Seville is probably one of the most 'produced' opera on the Video for over 3 decades now. To compare these productions would be quite a folly, as one can see... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by Satish Kamath
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice production; Figaro is week
I was very pleased with the production, set design, costumes;
Florez is marvelous; But the other solists are not on his level; Rimondi - old; Figaro (sorry but forgot his... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2011 by Nikolay
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
I wasn't much taken with Il Barbiere until I watched the DVD from Covent Garden with Juan Diego Florez and Joyce di Donato. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2010 by Madama Butterfly
5.0 out of 5 stars A capivating performance - riot of colour.
I am no expert on Rossini opera's, having spent most of my time enjoying Mozart, Puccini and Verdi. Some years ago I did see a version of the Barber at the Coliseum in London but... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by Nigel Mc
4.0 out of 5 stars Opera, Barber of Seville
A very good production,well produced. Having just seen the BBC broadcast of the Marriage of Figaro from Covent Garden on BBC4, this Barber production didn't have enough close-up... Read more
Published on 5 July 2010 by A. M. Pardoe
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