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Rossini: Il Barbiere
Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, Pietro Spagnoli, conducted by Antonio Pappano
About the DVD:
This DVD sees Joyce DiDonato perform her role in a wheelchair
a story that has occupied international headlines. Joyce
brought literal meaning to the old theatrical motto Break a
leg. After she broke her fibula in an earlier show Joyce was
determined to finish her commitment. The good-spirited diva
was re-staged into the production to allow for the additional
challenges that come when a leading lady in a lively physical
role must wheel around the other performers.
Joyce posted the following on her blog post-performance: Well,
without a doubt, last night was one of the most memorable, exciting
nights in my life. I suppose that makes two in a row for me. I arrived
at the theater around 4:30 and was introduced to my new co-star: a
beautiful, sleek Moonlite Breezy Wheelchair.
The DVD bonus features include an interview with Joyce on her
stage accident and subsequent wheelchair performances.
"Filmed in high-definition audio and video, this production should become a DVD reference for anyone who wants to see it sung and acted to perfection. But, as winsome as DiDonato is, the wheelchair is a distraction. This is a must-see once, but perhaps not more often."--John Terauds, Toronto Star