The Barber of Seville (Highlights)
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Release Date: October 24, 2000
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Label: EMI Classics
Original Recording Remastered
Its story of two young lovers, an elderly guardian who wants the girl for himself, and Figaro, the resourceful barber of the title make Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816) one of opera’s most beloved comedies. At the end of the first act, the leading characters, confused by what’s going on, sing about their feeling of hearing the sound of an anvil being hammered inside their heads—a turn of phrase taken literally in director Bartlett Sher’s hit Met production.
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