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Rossini's Ghost (1996)

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Nine-year old Reliana witnesses Rossini's efforts to salvage his seemingly cursed new opera, the Barber of Seville.


David Devine


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Complete credited cast:
Joseph Di Mambro Joseph Di Mambro ... Gioacchino Rossini
Melissa Pirrera Melissa Pirrera ... Reliana
Frances Bay ... Elder Rosalie
Margaret Illmann Margaret Illmann ... Young Rosalie
Janne Mortil ... Young Martina
Lally Cadeau ... Elder Martina
Tony Nardi ... Duke Cesarini
Michael Marinucci Michael Marinucci ... Nicolo Ratti
Jan Vaculik Jan Vaculik ... Almaviva
Martin Malachovský Martin Malachovský ... Figaro
Gurgen Ovsepian Gurgen Ovsepian ... Dr. Bartolo
Erik Panak Erik Panak ... The Chef
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Forster Elizabeth Forster ... Young Martina (singing voice)
John Kriter John Kriter ... Almaviva (singing voice)
Ondrej Malachovský Ondrej Malachovský ... Zeno


Nine-year old Reliana witnesses Rossini's efforts to salvage his seemingly cursed new opera, the Barber of Seville.

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Labin, Istria, Croatia See more »

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A pleasantly rendered mixture.
23 October 2002 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

This short (52 min.) film is from Canadian producer/writer/director David Devine's Composers' Special series, and relates a fanciful story adding a child into the life of a great composer, as with the other works of the series. In 1862 Italy, young Reliana (Melissa Pirrera) visits her grandmother Rosalie (Frances Bay) to help make sauce for pasta, the two soon visited by Rosalie's best friend Martina (Lally Cadeau), with the two women joining issue over facts concerning their treasured shared relationship with the great Gioacchino Rossini, 46 years prior. Served by a strategem of fantasy, Reliana is transmitted back to 1816 where she is visible only to the composer, who is preparing for the opening of the Barber of Seville at the Argentina Theatre in Rome, and where she espies a disgruntled tenor place a curse upon the upcoming production. The curse, one must note, is supposititious, but the premiere of the Barber was in fact calamitous, and Reliana watches as the young Martina (Janne Mortil) as the opera's diva, and the young Rosalie (Margaret Illmann), as the featured dancer, each in love with Rossini, squabble and suffer as the opening night crowd hisses the ill-starred performance. Despite its brevity, the effectively scripted work manages to include many precise elements material to Rossini's life and to the Barber, including the small amount of time in which Rossini supposedly composed the work (13 days), the uneasy backing of Duke Cesarini (Tony Nardi), and the composer's reputation as a gourmet. The beautiful Illmann, for many years prima ballerina of Canada's National Ballet, dances with charm in her solo, and easily takes the acting honors with a nuanced performance exactly right for her role. There is seldom an instance when one of eight Rossini overtures is not heard, played well by the Slovak Philharmonic under the baton of Ondrij Lenard, and this Canadian/Slovak production, filmed in Istria and Slovakia, is graced by exquisite, and largely accurate, designs from the wardrobe specialists.

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