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A short but typically convoluted comedy, this early Rossini work (1812) could be good fun.Yet the production here, filmed at Pesaro’s Rossini Festival in 2009, is seemingly staged to give ammunition to Rossini haters.The set is witty – a modern apartment that the audience views from the front and which is also reflected from behind at a sharp overhead angle, providing a behind-the-scenes perspective. Unfortunately Damiano Michieletto’s production is School of Benny Hill and the singers overact hideously. Soprano Olga Peretyatko is so gorgeous that it beggars belief that she’d look twice at anyone else on stage with her, and her vocal tone and technique are equally stunning. José Manuel Zapata provides good tenorial thrills, and the rest of the cast mugs and rollocks its way through Rossini’s coloratura with varying degrees of competence.Claudio Scimone’s conducting provides the wit missing on stage.

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