Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Juan Diego Flórez, María Bayo - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20496 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 167 min | 44,6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3717 kbps / 24-bit
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 167 min | 9,08 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese
The cast for this Teatro Real de Madrid production is outstanding across the board. Figaro is the glue of any successful Barber – he moves the action ahead and the audience must look forward to his every appearance, vocally and dramatically. From the first bars of “Largo al factotum della città,” we know Pietro Spagnoli’s got the goods, with a satisfyingly solid and nimble baritone and a natural elegance to his movements on stage. Bruno Praticò is a prime basso buffo practitioner, impressively adept with the patter of Bartolo’s first act aria, his representation of the not-so-good Doctor suitably ridiculous, abetted by a Tweedledum/Tweedledee sort of costume. As Don Basilio, veteran Ruggero Raimondi exudes a perfect blend of decrepitude and cunning; if his voice is no longer as resplendent as it was 20 years ago, he still has a wonderful stage presence.