The Barber of Seville discography

This is a partial discography of The Barber of Seville, an opera by Gioachino Rossini. The work was first performed on 20 February 1816, at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.


Year Cast
Opera House and Orchestra
1950 Giulietta Simionato,
Luigi Infantino,
Giuseppe Taddei
Fernando Previtali,
Coro e Orchestra della Rai di Milano
Audio CD: Warner Fonit
Cat: 5046 71224-2
1954 Antonietta Pastori,
Nicola Monti,
Rolando Panerai
Carlo Maria Giulini,
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of RAI
Audio CD: Great Opera Performances Classics
Cat: G.O.P. 66.104
1957 Giulietta Simionato,
Alvinio Misciano,
Ettore Bastianini
Alberto Erede,
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: Decca Eloquence
Cat: 467 4112
1957 Maria Callas,
Luigi Alva,
Tito Gobbi
Alceo Galliera,
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: EMI Classics
Cat: 3920462
1958 Roberta Peters,
Cesare Valletti,
Robert Merrill
Erich Leinsdorf,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: RCA
Cat: BMG-RCA Victor
Cat: 09026-68552-2
1964 Teresa Berganza,
Ugo Benelli,
Manuel Ausensi
Silvio Varviso,
Orchestra Rossini di Napoli and Chorus
Audio CD: Decca
Cat: 452 5912
1971 Teresa Berganza,
Luigi Alva,
Hermann Prey
Claudio Abbado,
London Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosian Singers
Audio CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 457 7332
1974 Beverly Sills,
Nicolai Gedda,
Sherrill Milnes
James Levine,
London Symphony Orchestra and the John Alldis Choir
Audio CD: EMI Classics
Cat: 7243-5-85523 and
EMI "Classics for Pleasure" Cat: 3932762
1982 Marilyn Horne,
Paolo Barbacini,
Leo Nucci
Riccardo Chailly,
Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus, Milan
Audio CD: Fonit Cetra
Cat: CDC 30;
Warner Fonit 3984 29187-2
1982 Agnes Baltsa,
Francisco Araiza,
Thomas Allen
Neville Marriner,
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Audio CD: PhilipsDecca
Cat: 470 434-2
1987 Luciana Serra,
Rockwell Blake,
Bruno Pola
Bruno Campanella,
Teatro Regio di Torino Orchestra and Chorus
(Recording of a performance in the Teatro Regio di Torino, June)
Audio CD: Nuova Era
Cat: 223299
House of Opera
Cat: CDBB 534
1988 Cecilia Bartoli,
William Matteuzzi,
Leo Nucci
Giuseppe Patanè,
Teatro Comunale di Bologna Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: Decca
Cat: 425 520-2
1992 Kathleen Battle,
Frank Lopardo,
Plácido Domingo
Claudio Abbado,
Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Chorus
Audio CD: Deutsche Grammophon,
Cat: 435 763-2GH2
1997 Edita Gruberová,
Juan Diego Flórez,
Vladimir Chernov
Ralf Weikert,
Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Chorus
(Live performance)
Audio CD: Nightingale Classics
Cat: NC 004022


  • 1946: Corradi (Rosina); Tagliavini (Count); Gobbi (Figaro); Rome Opera Chorus and Orchestra; Morelli (Conductor); a film by Mario Costa. Pickwick VHS
  • 1947: Jourfier (Rosine); Amade (Count); Bussonnet (Figaro); Théâtre national de l'Opéra-Comique, André Cluytens; directed by Jean Loubignac. Sung in French. Codo-Cinéma.
  • 1959 Erika Köth (Rosina); Fritz Wunderlich (Count); Hermann Prey (Figaro); Chorus and Orchestra of the Bavarian State opera; Keilberth (Conductor). Sung in German. Legato Classics. VHS
  • 1972: Berganza (Rosina); Alva (Count); Prey (Figaro); La Scala Chorus and Orchestra;Abbado (Conductor); Ponnelle (Director). DG VHS/DVD
  • 1982: Ewing (Rosina); Cossotti (Count); Rawnsley (Figaro); Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and Orchestra; Cambrelling (Conductor); Cox (Director);Heather (Video Director). Castle VHS/Warner DVD
  • Battle (Rosina); Blake (Count); Nucci (Figaro); Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra; Weikert (Conductor); Cox (Director); Large (Video Director) DG VHS/DVD
  • 1988: Bartoli (Rosina); Kuebler (Count); Quilico (Figaro); Cologne Opera Chorus/Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ferro (Conductor); Hampe (Director; Viller (Video Director). RCA VHS/Art Haus Musik DVD
  • 1992: Larmore (Rosina); Croft (Count); Malis (Figaro); Netherlands Opera; Zedda (Conductor); Hulscher (Director). Image DVD
  • 2008: Rinat Shaham (Rosina); Francesco Meli (Count); Roberto Frontali (Figaro); Antonino Fogliani (Conductor); Bepi Morassi (Director); Orchestra and chorus of Teatro La Fenice di Venezia. Dynamic (record label) Cat.33597
  • 2010: Di Donato (Rosina); Florez (Almaviva); Spagnoli (Figaro); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus; Antonio Pappano (Conductor). Virgin Classics. DVD.


  • Burton D. Fisher's The Barber of Seville (Opera Classics Library Series)

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