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Opera Explained: Rossini - The Barber of Seville

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XM 8008
 
Opera Explained: Rossini - The Barber of Seville
ISBN: 9781843793052
Download Size: 59 Mb
Running Time (H:M): 01:18:06
Release Date: July 2001
Originally recorded in 2001
Author
Thomson Smillie
Composer
Gioacchino Rossini
Reader
David Timson
Genre:
Spoken Word

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Opera Explained: Rossini - The Barber of Seville
Thomson Smillie
Read by David Timson
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.




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