This opera was the 20-year-old Rossini's first big hit, and it remains sparkling and fresh. It is a comedy set at the country house of a wealthy nobleman who doesn't feel like marrying; the guests at his house party include three women who hope to get him to change his mind, plus a couple of comic artists and a newspaper editor. The plot concerns his attempts to find out if his guests like him or his money, and the attempts of the heroine to get the count to abandon his feigned indifference and admit his love for her.
The production is on a single set, representing the country house of the said nobleman. The production has been updated to the world of 'Jeeves and Wooster', but it isn't as outlandish as the picture on the cover would suggest. I gave the production only three stars, because I didn't feel the comedy really came across as intended; although the direction was sensible and straightforward, it failed to bring out the humour for me. Picture quality is good; English subtitles are provided.