Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Director: Annabel Arden
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Cast: Danielle de Niese, Alessandro Corbelli, Björn Bürger, Taylor Stayton, Christopher Stamboglis, Janis Kelly, The Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
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).
"High-flying American tenor Taylor Stayton proves vocally agile and dramatically vital as Count Almaviva, with Danielle de Niese an entrancing Rosina…as for Alessandro Corbelli’s Bartolo, his seriousness of comic approach and sheer expertise as a buffo performer place him in the very top league. Björn Bürger is quite rightly at the centre of the action as Figaro and his splendid baritone a major asset" BBC Music magazine