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Rossini: The Barber Of Seville / Hampson, Mentzer, Hadley

Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54863   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jerry HadleySamuel RameyBruno PraticòJosé Fardilha,   ... 
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toscana Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 40 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this 1992 recording of the classic Rossini comic opera, the distinguished conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti conducts a thoroughly charming and vocally gifted cast, all of whom seem to have a genuine flair for comedy. As the Count Almaviva, Jerry Hadley sings with panache and power; he gives a deliciously unctuous account of the Count's first aria, "Ecco, ridente il cielo." Thomas Hampson makes a commanding Figaro, both energetic and vocally rock solid. His performance of "Largo al factotum" is a tour-de-force, from his easy navigation of its daunting vocal range to his rhythmically incisive and precise patter.
Hearing a true mezzo-soprano sing the role of Rosina is most welcome, especially when it is a singer of the caliber of the
Read more velvet-voiced Susanne Mentzer. Those who are familiar with Samuel Ramey's golden bass and towering stage presence know that he fits the role of Basilio like a hand to glove; "La calunnia è un venticello" could not be more malignly insinuating. Not a comic turn is missed in the ensembles, which are uniformly a delight. Read less

Works on This Recording

Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jerry Hadley (Tenor), Samuel Ramey (Bass), Bruno Praticò (Baritone),
José Fardilha (Bass), Mauro Utzeri (), Amelia Felle (Soprano),
Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toscana Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1992 
Venue:  Chiesa di San Stefano, Firenze, Italy 
Length: 159 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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