Category Archives: Rossini

Cenerentola Sextet

Tweet I just came across this video of the second act sextet from Rossini’s Cenerentola. It’s from a 1981 movie of the opera directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. The singers are Francisco Araiza, Claudio Desderi, Paolo Montarsolo, Margherita Guglielmi, Laura Zannini, and Frederica von Stade. Claudio Abbado conducts. It’s a gem both musically and visually.

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William Tell in Munich

Tweet Yesterday the Bavarian State Opera streamed a telecast of its new production of Rossini’s William Tell. The production team, lead by Antú Romero Nunes, was booed during their curtain calls. This was a show was best audited with the picture off. The time was moved to what could have been that of the Nazis….

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Ciro in Babalonia – Rossini Opera Festival

Tweet Here is a complete performance of Rossini’s early opera from the Rossini Festival in Pesaro last Summer. The three principals are splendid. The fabulous (at age 60 she’s still unique) Polish contralto Ewa Podles takes the title role. The American tenor Michael Spyres continues to dazzle in rare roles; he’s the villain of the piece – Baldassare…

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Le Comte Ory in HD

Tweet Rossini’s penultimate opera, Le Comte Ory, received its first staging at the Metropolitan Opera this season. This is a charming work that is Rossini just below his best – which means that it’s very good, indeed. The opera need three virtuoso singers well versed in the bel canto style. In Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, and…

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Le Comte Ory Premieres at the Met

Tweet Last night the Metropolitan Opera gave its first ever performance of Rossini’s penultimate opera Le Comte Ory. It was broadcast on the Sirius network and streamed live by the Met. It will be telecast in HD on April 9th. I’ll comment on it then; but last night’s broadcast showed all three principals in outstanding…

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DRM, Rossini, One Euro, and Otto Klesz in No Particular Order

Tweet If you haven’t listened to opera on 1.FM, I’d recommend that you do. The easiest way to listen to the internet station is to use the iTunes software which is free and easy to use. The station has more channels than a millipede has legs, but one of them plays opera 24 hours a…

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