Gioacchino Rossini: Il signor Bruschino
Alessandro Corbelli • Amelia Felle • Alberto Rinaldi • Vito Gobbi • David Kuebler • Oslavio di Credico • Carlos Feller
Directed for Stage by Michael Hampe
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gianluigi Gelmetti, conductor
Recorded live at the Rokokotheater Schwetzingen, May 1989
Picture Format: NTSC · 4:3 fullscreen
Sound Format:PCM Stereo · Dolby Digital 5.1 · DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Booklet Notes: English, German, French
Running Time : 98 mins
R E V I E W S
ROSSINI Il signor Bruschino ? Gianluigi Gelmetti, cond; Alessandro Corbelli (Gaudenzio); Amelia Felle (Sofia); Alberto Rinaldi (Elder Bruschino); David Kuebler (Florville); Carlos Feller (Filiberto); Oslavio di Credico (Police Commissioner); Vito Gobbi (Younger Bruschino); Stuttgart RSO ? EUROARTS 2054988 (DVD: 92:00) Live: Schwetzingen 5/1989
Stage director Michael Hampe gives us the opera at the time and location of its original setting?and it?s momentary cause for ironic reflection just how seldom that happens these days. The result, aided and abetted by a fine cast, is an attractive, energetic production of Rossini?s one-act farce. Amelia Felle and David Kuebler deliver the best singing, alert and stylish, with excellent coloratura. Alessandro Corbelli can?t command their facility at fast speeds (though he gets better at this as the performance wears on), but he supplies an object lesson in character acting. His opening scene?having his hair curled with coal-heated irons, briefly examining his breakfast, viewing each of his servants personally as he expresses his philosophy on life?is a thing of joy in its miniscule attention to detail and shifting expressions.
He?s well matched by Alberto Rinaldi. In a role that could have easily become repetitive and boring, Rinaldi discovers many expressive visual ways to turn his catchphrase (?It?s so hot!?) into a dozen differently inflected conversational starters and stoppers. The minor parts are all acted and sung well, with Gelmetti leading an enthusiastic and buoyant performance.
The picture format is 4:3 full screen rather than 16:9 anamorphic. Subtitles are available in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish, while sound is offered in PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Digital Theater Sound 5.1. The lack of extras makes this DVD something less than a bargain, given its length, but I think its quality makes up for a good deal. There are no whorehouses in action, here, no breakdancing choruses, no invading Mongol armies done up like a platoon of Uncle Fester look-alikes?and yes, I?ve had the less than pleasurable experience to see them all in productions over the top. What we get here, instead, is good Rossini, done to a turn. And that?s good enough for me.
Il Signor Bruschinoby Gioachino Rossini Performer:
David Kuebler (Tenor),
Vito Gobbi (Baritone),
Amelia Felle (Soprano),
Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone),
Alberto Rinaldi (Baritone),
Oslavio di Credico (Tenor),
Carlos Feller (Bass)
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1813; Italy
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
An early Rossini gemSeptember 21, 2012By William H. (Courtenay, BC)See All My Reviews"Il signor Bruschino was the last of the early one-act "farsas" that I bought and frankly although I loved it I thought it was'nt quite up to the others(in particular La cambiale di Matrimonio and L'occasione fa il Ladro)not in the singing or acting but to me it is an opera that starts off rather slowly and takes awhile to get in gear. The singers are fine and both David Kuebler as Florville and Allesandro Corbelli as Guadenzio really are in top form here. Corbelli is a great actor and seems to have that flair to create a lot of emotions while singing. All the others too are fine but I have to give this 4 stars rather than five for the above reasons."Report Abuse
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