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Flawed Surreal Production!,
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This review is from: Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) - Madrid Teatro Real [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
A radical, surreal production with over the top farce.
Picture quality 3 - poor digital video look.
Sound quality 5
Sets 4 - large, impressive black and white sets which can be wheeled on and off very quickly. During the overture a whole street is assembled!
Acting 2 - over the top farcical acting which becomes irritating. Extras play a big part in the background for all the scenes.
Direction (camera work) 5
Singing 5 - Almaviva 5, Bartalo 5, Rosina 5, Figaro 4, Don Basilio 3, Chorus 5. Some of the arias have been slightly reworked by the conductor. This is explained in the documentary.
Orchestra 5 - wonderful playing.
Costumes 3 - for most of the opera comical black and white. In the last scene comical brilliant colours.
DVD extras 5 - 58min documentary. The singers take the viewer through the opera explaining their parts and giving insight into their characters. Excellent!
Recommended if you can put up with the acting.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2012 15:18:24 BDT
I agree entirely with this review apart from the "marks" awarded to Figaro and Don Basilio who were, in my opinion, up there with the best of them. The problem with what Bosko Grove describes as "over the top farcical acting" is that it is not merely irritating but in this case frequently seriously distracting, pointless scene moving and stage business (what was the point of those prone chairs for instance?) added to the impression of a production that was seriously over-produced.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2012 13:44:17 BDT
Yes, very distracting. Although most of the reviewers for this DVD seem to enjoy this production very much. That is why i bought the disc.
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