Rossini’s Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
Virgin Classics

BBC’S DVD Choice of the Month
A legendary production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville

“The revival of Rossini’s comedy at London’s Royal Opera House in July 2009 has already passed into legend. Notoriously, American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato broke her leg during the first night, yet completed the show to huge acclaim. Even more triumphantly, she returned to film this particular performance some nights later, singing and acting Rosina from a wheelchair in a staggering display of professionalism and, indeed virtuosity. That ought to have earned her some sort of medal; but, in fact, she had already won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer Award for her appearance in the first run back in 2005 – and you can’t really top that.”

– George Hall  BBC Magazine, July, 2010