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


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

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.

Rossini, Gioachino

  An Introduction to...ROSSINI The Barber of Seville
1.   Introduction 00:06:43
2.   The Barber of Seville, his 17th opera 00:06:53
3.   The Overture 00:02:01
4.   Act I 00:03:32
5.   Figaro's Entrance Aria 00:08:13
6.   Rosina - Una voce poco fa 00:06:05
7.   Start some gossip, some slander - Don Basilio 00:09:46
8.   Act I finale 00:10:05
9.   Act II 00:02:06
10.   Rosina's aria, Contro un cor 00:13:06
11.   Zitti zitti - Quicky, quickly 00:02:20
12.   Act II finale 00:07:16

Total Playing Time: 01:18:06

Smillie, Thomson

Rossini, Gioachino

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558008

Barcode: 0636943800829

Physical Release: 03/2001

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