Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: The Barber of Seville

A fun intro to Rossini’s comic masterpiece, Saturday’s noon Met Opera broadcast.

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In this Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, 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 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)]

 

A scene from The Barber Of Seville by Opera North @ Grand Theatre, Leeds.
A scene from The Barber Of Seville by Opera North @ Grand Theatre, Leeds.
(Opening 7-10-2015)
©Tristram Kenton 10/15
(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

 

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