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  • Actors: Dmitry Korchak, Bruno Praticò, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Luca Salsi, Andrea Battistoni
  • Directors: Stefano Vizioli, Daniela Vismara
  • Writers: Gioachino Rossini, Cesare Sterbini
  • Producers: Teatro Regio di Parma
  • Format: Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076Z6FBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,627 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Parma, where audiences are considered the most discerning in all Italy, the benchmark for vocal artists is set traditionally high. Operagoers here are intimately familiar with the works of their favourites, from Rossini to Puccini, and know every tricky corner by heart. God forbid any singer who fails to accomplish the task without due seemliness Unsurprisingly, then, this performance attempts no directorial experiments. The main setting for this realistically inspired production both indoors and out is Rosinas house, which is converted as required into its constituent parts. One happily turns a blind eye to a (historically authentically dressed) protagonist occasionally being seconded to move a piece of stage scenery. Stage presence, vocal perfection and above all the audibly and visibly gleeful participation of all performers in the action are a more than adequate payoff for the intellectual flights of fancy of other interpretations. Our rewards are found on the one hand in the precise and sure-footed direction of Stefano Vizioli. All performers know exactly the role they are required to play and how best to carry it off. On the other hand, the singers on stage and instrumentalists in the pit seem to enter a new dimension as soon as the Rossini machine gets up to speed. The spirited orchestra plays under the magical baton of Andrea Battistoni, born in Verona in 1987 and appointed principal guest conductor at Parmas Teatro Regio in January 2011.

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A traditional approach, neatly conducted by the youthful Andrea Battistoni 4*/5* --George Hall - BBC Music Magazine

This is a production to make you smile. 5* --Richard Fawkes, Opera Now

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
You might detect the influence of Mozart on Rossini in The Barber of Seville. Most obviously, it shares several of the same characters who appear in The Marriage of Figaro, both works originally written by Beaumarchais, but the similarity is evident in the use of recitative, the ensemble finales, the type of humour in the farcical situations, but principally, it's the manner in which Rossini approaches the material with a similar sense of dazzling inventiveness and virtuoso touches that would come to define bel canto. It was Paisiello however, more than Mozart or Beaumarchais, who would have been foremost in the mind of the composer, since Paisiello's Il Barbiere di Siviglia had already proven to be a success and was still hugely popular at the time that Rossini decided to tackle the subject, believing that he could do much more with the work than the old-fashioned, outdated, conservative style of the original version. When asked if Rossini had indeed written the whole of The Barber of Seville in 13 days, Donizetti is reported to have replied, "It is very possible, he is so lazy".

There reason I think it's worth mentioning some of the background around the composition of the opera (which caused some fuss on its premiere in Rome in 1816, partly due to favouritism for Paisiello's work and partly due to some attempts by supporters of Paisiello to actually sabotage its reception), is that this spirit of inventiveness, irreverence and simply just dashing it off in an off-handedly brilliant fashion is crucial to the tone of the work. It's the same spirit that fires the youthful enthusiasm of Figaro, of Rosina and even of Almaviva and sets them in opposition to the old guard of Doctor Bartolo and Don Basilio (although little remains of the pointed barbs of Beaumarchais revolutionary satire).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Satish Kamath on 20 Nov. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought this blu ray disc primarily for two reasons. One, this is a Parma production which means that it is quality assured in performance and singing... The other being that on a blu ray, I wanted to see a pretty and competent Rosina who does not make grotesque faces while singing (unlike the other blu ray disc with Maria Bayo and Florez that I bought and reviewed first).

I was totally satisfied on both counts.

Now, this is an opera that has been produced for the video umpteen number of times and I have umpteen videos of. Although it is exceedingly well sung, beautifully conducted by Andrea Battistoni (a young guy who I am sure we will hear more of) and almost perfect in most other respects of live performance, I found that as a whole, the sets, although innovative, lacked the presence to really excite or impress. The stage direction could have been a little racier and lend more life to the Opera. Here it is just perfect singing, performance and entries....with little else to recommend it as a visual treat, especially when one compares it with other older productions, too many to name.

After all, Opera is also a visual experience, and lack of the above attributes has made it overall, rather lacking in the total satisfaction of watching a Rossini Opera in spite of many things going great guns for it.
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