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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: The Barber of Seville

A fun intro to Rossini’s comic masterpiece, this Saturday’s noon opera broadcast.


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In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media’s arts & culture director, St.John Flynn, and opera expert, Eric Skelly, introduce Rossini’s musical version of the story of the wily barber’s efforts to secure the lovely Rosina’s hand in marriage for the besotted, and disguised, Count Almaviva.

Listen to our quick, laughter-inducing overview of this week’s Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Saturday at noon.

[The excerpts heard in this OCS are from CBS Masterworks recording featuring Riccardo Chailly conducting the Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan; Figaro: Leo Nucci; Rosina: Marilyn Horne; Dr. Bartolo: Enzo Dara; Don Basilio: Samuel Ramey; Count Almaviva: Paolo Barbacini (CBS M3K 37862)]