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At The Opera, Rossini: The Barber of Seville, August 4, 2018

  

The Barber of Seville is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of Rossini's opera took place on February 20, 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". After two hundred years, it remains a popular work.

Rossini's opera recounts the events of the first of the three plays by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais that revolve around the clever and enterprising character named Figaro, the barber of the title. Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro, composed 30 years earlier in 1786, is based on the second part of the Beaumarchais trilogy.

Cast:

Count Almaviva – Luigi Infantino

Figaro – Giuseppe Taddei

Rosina – Giulietta Simionato

Fernando Previtali – conductor

RAI Orchestra and Chorus

CERTA - 1951

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:09pm
Rossini: Barber of Seville CETRA 1950 BUY RAI; Previtali, conductor
10:00pm
10:38pm
Puccini: Tosca, Act I:"Recondita armonia" and Airas BUY ; Fausta Cleva, conductor
10:56pm
Verdi/Puccini: Duets and Arias BUY ; various, conductor
11:00pm
11:20pm
Mozart: Mozart Arias Don Giovanni BUY from Mozart Arias; composed by Mozart
11:28pm
Boito Verdi Meyerbeer: Ferruccio Tagliavini BUY ; BASILE, conductor
Cetra cdo105

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