The Barber of Seville (CD/Book) Black Dog Opera Library
Price: $19.95 / $9.98 Members: $8.98
The Black Dog Opera Library is one of the most popular, informative, and budget-friendly ways to enjoy all the great operas. This title features a history of Il Barbiere de Siviglia, a synopsis of the story, a complete libretto in its original language as well as in English, and dozens of photographs and drawings depicting great scenes, singers, performances, and more.
The book also includes an Angel/EMI recording of the entire opera on two CDs, as well as commentary from experts in the field who guide you through the music as you listen.
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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