IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, San Francisco Opera House 2006

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, San Francisco Opera House 2006 “Chief among them is Bruno de Simone (Dr. Bartolo), making an auspicious S.F. Opera debut. The Neapolitan baritone is a Rossini specialist. You can’t take your eyes off him. Like certain Italian film stars, Simone cloaks his humor in realism; every piece of shtick rings true. […]

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, San Francisco Opera House 2006

“Chief among them is Bruno de Simone (Dr. Bartolo), making an auspicious S.F. Opera debut. The Neapolitan baritone is a Rossini specialist. You can’t take your eyes off him. Like certain Italian film stars, Simone cloaks his humor in realism; every piece of shtick rings true. He’s also a terrific singer…Practiced but not jaded, he created a fussy, unhappy character like something out of a De Sica comedy. He wanted to marry Rosina but didn’t have a clue how to behave – and he knew it, making Bartolo a tragic figure. He was hopeless from the beginning, underplaying the usual bluster. Ha also sang very well, holding up his end of the ensembles”.
Stephanie von Buchau, Medianews