Il Barbiere di Siviglia (CD) - Scotto

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Il Barbiere di Siviglia (CD) - Scotto

Many years before the dawn of the Rossini Renaissance, two faultless bel canto protagonists of the 1960s and ‘70s, Renata Scotto and Alfredo Kraus, at the beginning of their respective careers, sang this Rossini ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ in Naples in 1958. Despite both appearing in roles they would soon abandon, it’s highly unlikely one could have a word of criticism about their performances here. In the title role, as theatres used to do in those years, a dramatic baritone voice specialized in Verdi and verismo roles; here the Figaro heard is the remarkable Aldo Protti.


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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