Opera Explained: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Audiobook CD)

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Opera Explained: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Audiobook CD)

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Naxos
CD Release Date: February 11, 2007
Run Time: 78 minutes

Il barbiere di Seviglia (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.

Opera Explained
This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form.

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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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