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“Una Voce Poco Fa” by Rossini
Gioachino Rossini’s opera “The Barber of Seville” is one of the most fun operas in the entire repertoire. It’s full of humour and romantic encounters, and for a change, nobody dies. The story is set in Sevilla, Spain during the
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Rossini and His Overtures
We celebrate Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) as one of the most successful and popular operatic composers of his time. And although you might never have actually seen or heard a complete Rossini opera, I am sure you know a good many
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An Unexpected Rossini
When we think of Gioachino Rossini, we think of his operas, his big works, however, there are a set of little-known early works that show us a very different side of the composer. Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) started his life in
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Rossini: The Barber of Seville
Premiered Today in 1816
The premiere of Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa The Barber of Seville on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina in Rome was a verifiable disaster! It probably had very little to do with how the music was performed that evening.
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Rossini: La Cenerentola
Premiered Today in 1817
Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) premiered at the Teatro Valle in Rome on 25 January 1817. Press reports were generally favorable, but the singers took a beating. Some critics even spoke of a “fiasco” because there was no applause during the
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Gioacchino Rossini: “La Cenerentola”
Why go to Padua in the heart of the winter, travelling five hours by train, and looking at a sad barren landscape of the Veneto to listen to an opera?
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ROSSINI, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 8
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 8: Album de château: No. 9. Tarantelle pur sang avec Traversée de la procession (version for choir, harmonium, piano and clochette) From ROSSINI, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 8 (2018) Released by Naxos Rossini: Péchés de vieillesse,
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Giaochino Rossini and Olympe Pélissier
“Eating, loving, singing, and digesting are the four acts of the comic opera known as life”
It is not clear when Giaochino Rossini and Olympe Pélissier first met, but by 1832 they were undoubtedly in a relationship. He had departed for Paris in 1830 and had left his wife Isabella Colbran unceremoniously behind. She was an
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