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Saturday, August 4, 2018 Permalink

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.


Count Almaviva – Luigi Infantino

Figaro – Giuseppe Taddei

Rosina – Giulietta Simionato

Fernando Previtali – conductor

RAI Orchestra and Chorus

CERTA - 1951


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