At The Opera, Rossini: The Barber of Seville, August 4, 2018
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The Barber of Seville is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of Rossini's opera took place on February 20, 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.
Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". After two hundred years, it remains a popular work.
Rossini's opera recounts the events of the first of the three plays by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais that revolve around the clever and enterprising character named Figaro, the barber of the title. Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro, composed 30 years earlier in 1786, is based on the second part of the Beaumarchais trilogy.
Count Almaviva – Luigi Infantino
Figaro – Giuseppe Taddei
Rosina – Giulietta Simionato
Fernando Previtali – conductor
RAI Orchestra and Chorus
CERTA - 1951
Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo
Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Barber of Seville CETRA 1950
RAI; Previtali, conductor
Tosca, Act I:"Recondita armonia" and Airas
; Fausta Cleva, conductor
Gian Giacomo Guelfi Franco Corelli Aita Cerquetti
la forza and Aida duets
; various, conductor Gian Giacomo Guelfi Franco Corelli Aita Cerquetti
Mozart Arias Don Giovanni
Turin Orchestra of the Radio Italiana Ferruccio Tagliavini
Boito Verdi Meyerbeer
; BASILE, conductor