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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
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
Jerry Hadley (Tenor),
Samuel Ramey (Bass),
Bruno Praticò (Baritone),
José Fardilha (Bass),
Mauro Utzeri (),
Amelia Felle (Soprano),
Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano),
Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Written: 1816; Italy
Date of Recording: 08/1992
Venue: Chiesa di San Stefano, Firenze, Italy
Length: 159 Minutes 51 Secs.
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