Gioacchino Rossini: Barber of Seville (Opera Explained Series) Naxos Audio CD

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Barber of Seville (Opera Explained Series) Naxos Audio CD

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Opera Explained: ROSSINI - The Barber of Seville (Smillie)

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An Introduction to...ROSSINI The Barber of Seville
Timson, David, reader

Introduction 06:43

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... ROSSINI: The Barber of Seville
Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
8-page booklet
Naxos 8.558008
ISBN: 1-84379-089-0

The Barber of Seville is Rossini's most popular opera. Its effervescent overture (written originally for another work!) presents a perfect platform for the amusing plot in which the barber, Figaro, stage-manages a romance between Count Almaviva and Rosina, and puts to flight the old suitor, Dr Bartolo.

'Largo al Factotum' is one of the most popular arias in opera - nearly 200 years after its first performance it is still one of the great show-stoppers. But why was the opera received with boos and catcalls at its first performance in 1816, and why did Rossini return to the plot and environment presented so sublimely by Mozart? Opera writer Thomson Smillie and actor David Timson present the background in their informative but entertaining manner.

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