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The Barber Of Seville: Metropolitan Opera (Weikert) [DVD] [2010]


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  • Actors: Leo Nucci, Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake, Enzo Dara, Ferruccio Furlanetto
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Cesare Sterbini
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Cantonese Chinese, Italian
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2010
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000787X00
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,584 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Chapra on 1 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Before I had the money to attend Operas, I watched several dozen different productions on VHS. For the past few years, I have been deciding which ones I want on DVD. When I saw that this Metropolitan Opera production, featuring the volatile but brilliant Kathleen Battle was finally being released on DVD, memories of my first viewing, almost twenty years ago, came flooding back.
1) Ralf Weikert's conducting is my favorite; this includes several recordings and a Metropolitan Opera production my wife and I attended on October 2009.
2) Kathleen Battle may be physically attractive but, her voice enormously eclipses her looks. She is irresistible to listen to and handles comic acting much better than most singers.
3) Leo Nucci is, for me, the definitive Figaro. His voice is crystal clear, his acting superb and conveys an ethereal puppeteer like quality, as his fine and broad strokes influence all of the action.
4) Enzo Dara's Doctor Bartolo is a performance for the ages. Threatening one moment, sidesplittingly hilarious the next, when he takes the stage, you can't take your eyes off of him.
I don't want to beat the issue to death so, suffice it to say, everyone else, from Blake's Almaviva to di Franco's Berta are wonderful. The set must be seen to be believed. The DVD transfer is very good, although slightly betraying its VHS roots.
Great comic operas should be performed with the sole purpose of making the audience laugh. Too much reverence for the music or the roles, can create very stilted productions. No chance of that here. Order it and enjoy! It's funnier than most of the comedic films being made these days!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By smooth-rider@t-online.de on 14 Oct 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I thing that's the best recording of the Barber yet. !The singers fit perfect together . The costumes are great . !And it's filmed in the Met.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Butcher on 22 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
This was clearly an impessive production with great singers and orchestra completely spoilt by dreadful video direction. Virtually nothing is seen of the magnificent set and the singers are only seen from the waist up. The MET is capable of much better than this. I have recently watched La Somabula from there which was terrific.
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By Helena Skowron on 7 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD for my 4 year old niece for her birthday. She loves opera, especially Rossini's Cinderella. We had already the DVD of The Barbier of Seville, but with not very imaginative staging. This is far better - my niece loves it, as well as I. The costumes are beautiful, the set is beautifully designed and the singers are among the best - both their musical and acting skills are great. The fact that Kathleen Battle is beautiful and Rockwell Blake handsome does not hurt also... Overall I recommend this DVD to people who already love opera and to these who want to fall in love with it - children and adults.
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