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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

An intro to the new Met Opera season opener airing Saturday at noon.


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Scene from DuPage Opera Theatre production of The Barber of Seville
Scene from DuPage Opera Theatre production of The Barber of Seville. Public domain.

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

Subtitled “The Futile Precaution,” Rossini’s great opera buffa consistently ranks among the top 10 operas performed worldwide.

The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera broadcast season opens Saturday, December 6th at noon on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7 with The Barber of Seville.  Isabel Leonard is the beautiful and feisty Rosina.  Lawrence Brownlee is her love interest, Almaviva, and Christopher Maltman is the barber, Figaro.

[The excerpts heard in this OCS are from the 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)]