Four of the best Rossini recordings

We recommend some of the finest examples of Rossini's music on disc


The Barber of Seville

Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato et al; Royal Opera House/Antonio Pappano
Erato 649 5819 (DVD)


Joyce DiDonato leads a vintage cast in this supremely sung production.

Le Comte Ory

Javier Camarena, Cecilia Bartoli et al; Zurich Opera/Muhai Tang
Decca 074 3467 (DVD)

Two marvellous Rossini interpreters join forces in this sophisticated staging.

William Tell

Gabriel Bacquier, Montserrat Caballé et al; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Lamberto Gardelli
Warner Classics 640 7632

A classic account of Rossini’s final and most imposing opera, with a fine cast.

Stabat Mater

Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato et al; Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano
Warner Classics 640 5292

Outstanding singers bring emotional drama to Rossini’s moving choral work.