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Rossini occupied an unrivalled position in the Italian musical world of his time, winning considerable success relatively early in his career. Of Rossini’s three dozen or so operas, Il barbiere di Siviglia (‘The Barber of Seville’) is probably the best known, a treatment of the first play of the Figaro trilogy by Beaumarchais on which Mozart had drawn 30 years earlier in Vienna. More serious subjects were tackled in Otello, Semiramide, Mosè in Egitto (‘Moses in Egypt’) and Le Siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth).

Naxos has a amassed a comprehensive and growing catalogue of Rossini’s operas. Check out the following exciting new releases below, recorded live at the renowned ROSSINI IN WILDBAD Festival in Germany.

New Releases

Naxos 8.660329-30
ROSSINI, G.: Siege de Corinthe (Le) [Opera]
Regazzo, Cullagh, Spyres, Sala, Ramos, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Tingaud

Recorded live at the XXII ROSSINI IN WILDBAD Festival, Bad Wildbad, Germany

Rossini adapted his own Italian opera of 1820, Maometto, for the Parisian stage under the title of LeSiège de Corinthe. As Rossini’s original work had already absorbed distinctive French characteristics such as heroic arias, and characterisation through orchestral colour, the newly composed music for the reworking makes for a powerful and compelling operatic tour de force. With its historical subject matter and tragic ending, Le Siège de Corinthe anticipates the advent of grand opera.

Naxos 8.660340-42
ROSSINI, G.: Semiramide [Opera]
Penda, Pizzolato, Regazzo, Osborn, Mastroni, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani

Recorded live at the XXIV ROSSINI IN WILDBAD Festival, Bad Wildbad, Germany

Following his triumphant visit to Vienna in 1822, when several of his operas were extremely well-received, international success beckoned for Rossini. First performed at La Fenice, Venice in 1823, Semiramide was Rossini’s last Italian opera, written at the height of his creative powers. Its subject is Greek tragedy for which librettist Gaetano Rossi drew on an adaptation by Voltaire. Instrumentally sophisticated and classically structured, the opera remains one of the most remarkable examples of Rossini’s cultivation of bel canto.

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