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The Barber of Seville (1981)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music | TV Movie
In a time when operas are often set to different contexts from the ones they were intended for, a philological production has its merits, representing both a rediscovery and a provocation. ... See full summary »

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Maria Ewing ... Rosina
John Rawnsley ... Figaro
Max René Cossotti ... Conte d'Almaviva
Claudio Desderi ... Bartolo
Catherine McCord ... Berta
Ferruccio Furlanetto ... Basilio
Robert Dean ... Fiorello
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Hugh Davies ... Oficial
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In a time when operas are often set to different contexts from the ones they were intended for, a philological production has its merits, representing both a rediscovery and a provocation. This Barbiere di Siviglia, which at first sight might appear old-fashioned, restores, in fact, to perfection the setting of an early 19th-centrury Italian theatre. It was a time when the glorious tradition of popular comedy, a direct descendant of the 16th-century "commedia dell'arte", was very much alive, and the singers entertained the audience with humour that was direct and catchy. Bepi Morassi's direction witnesses to the importance of that heritage, based on the improvising skills of actors that came from the common people and needed to communicate concepts of common social life, through colourful costumes, musical instruments and masks modelled on the archetypes of the day. Humour, which here triumphs, makes of this Barbiere di Siviglia, a truly entertaining visual and audio experience.

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Fun with the Barber of Seville
15 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

I love The Barber of Seville, and I have been impressed with a lot of Glyndebourne productions. This is no exception, in fact it was wonderful and great fun. The story with the many comic coincidences is easy to follow and ceaselessly entertaining, and the music is sublime, beautifully played, conducted and sung. The costumes and sets are excellent, the video directing interesting and the staging particularly in the end of act 1 is fun without being too cluttered. The performances are terrific, my favourites being Maria Ewing as Rosina and John Rawnsley as Figaro. But that is not to dispute Max Rene Cosotti as a dashing and lovable Almaviva, Claudio Desderi as a funny and grotesque Bartolo and Ferruccio Furlanetto as a well sung and decently acted Basilio. Overall, a lot of fun. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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