“Falstaff” is the only comic opera, as well as the last opera, of Verdi’s production.
The ‘sheer visual sophistication’ of Annabel Arden’s Barbiere serves ‘a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius’, featuring de Niese’s ‘powerfully sung’ Rosina, Bürger’s ‘gale-force’ Figaro and Stayton’s ‘pure and mellifluous’ Almaviva – a leading trio ‘musically and dramatically beyond compare’ (The Independent ?????). Contributing to the ‘ensemble precision’, the rest of the cast includes a ‘scene-stealing’ Berta in Kelly, a ‘suavely unctuous’ Basilio from Stamboglis andCorbelli’s Bartolo, ‘an object lesson in comic understatement’ (The Guardian). With Enrique Mazzola at the helm of theLondon Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief’ (The Telegraph).
(Composer), Danielle de Niese (Rosina), Alessandro Corbelli (Dr. Bartolo), Taylor Stayton (Count Almaviva), Björn Bürger (Figaro), Christophoros Stamboglis (Basilio), Janis Kelly (Berta), (Conductor), (Director)