M1500 .R67 B37 2005 DVD
Comic opera in 2 acts. Music by Gioacchino Rossini. Libretto by Cesare Sterbini.
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle directed this film of Rossini's comic masterpiece four years before filming Mozart's Figaro. The result was an irresistibly entertaining and musically rewarding film, starring Hermann Prey as Beaumarchais's scheming barber of Seville. The other main roles in Ponnelle's Barber are taken by four of the most celebrated Rossini interpreters of the past decades: Teresa Berganza as the cunning heroine, Rosina, Luigi Alva as her devoted suitor, Count Almaviva, Enzo Dara as the long-suffering, outfoxed Dr. Bartolo, and Paolo Montarsolo as the shifty music master Don Basilio.
Cast: Luigi Alva (Il conte d'Almaviva) ; Enzo Dara (Bartolo) ; Teresa Berganza (Rosina) ; Hermann Prey (Figaro) ; Paolo Montarsolo (Basilio) ; Renato Cesari (Fiorello) ; Stefania Malagú (Berta) ; Hans Kraemmer (Ambrogio) ; Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan ; Claudio Abbado, conductor.
Filmed July-Aug. 1972, Atelier Dürer, Salzburg; sound recording, Sept. 1971, ICET Studio, Milan.
Sung in Italian ; subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese.
Distributed by Deutsche Grammophon (www.deutschegrammophon.com).