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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