Il barbiere di Siviglia
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
With: Teresa Berganza, Hermann Prey, Luigi Alva, Enzo Dara, Paolo Montarsolo
Staged by: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
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.
Free tickets, available from 12 noon on 6 February at Box Office.
Thanks to Unitel and Classica HD (Sky Channel 136) for the collaboration.