Rossini's comic but pointed opera The Barber of Seville is well served in this production from 2001. In the cast are several performers associated with La Scala, including Reinaldo Macias as the wooing Count and Manuel Lanza as his wily barber.
"Kasarova clearly knows her way around the music and the idiosyncrasies of this staging. Reinaldo Macias is a convincing actor…. Carlos Chausson has sung Bartolo in many productions, but is still capable of delivering the goods."—Fanfare
"Internationally acclaimed soprano Vesselina Kasarova plays Rosina, in a performance that shows her fine style with Rossini's music. Kasarova's approach to the aria 'Una voce poco fa' is appealing, as are the various ensembles in which Rossini gave voice to the comic elements in his plots. A modern setting is chosen, with the milieu being the 1950s….The excellent engineering of the DVD contributes a vibrant sense of the live performance."—MusicWeb International