There may be no such thing as artistic perfection, but with The Barber of Seville, Rossini surely came as close as anyone to creating a flawless operatic comedy.
On World of Opera host Lisa Simeone presents Rossini's Barber from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the composer's hometown in Italy. The stars are baritone Florian Sempey in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Chiara Amarù as Rosina and tenor Juan Francisco Gatell as Almaviva, in a production led by conductor Giacomo Sagripanti.
Rosina: Chiara Amarù (mezzo-soprano)
Count Almaviva: Juan Francisco Gatell (tenor)
Figaro: Florian Sempey (baritone)
Bartolo: Paolo Bordogna (bass)
Don Basilio: Alex Esposito (bass)
Berta: Felicia Bongiovanni (soprano)
Ambrogio: Alberto Pancrazi (bass)
San Carlo Chorus of Pesaro
Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna
Giacomo Sagripanti, conductor