Rossini

KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:56 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Comedy Magic With Rossini’s 'Le Comte Ory'

Juan Diego Florez as Ory in Rossini's 'Le Comte Ory'
Metropolitan Opera

There are essentially two approaches to the supreme expression of opera, both of them dealing with what would seem to be the impossible.

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:16 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The Barber Of Seville: You Can Understand Rossini!

Rodion Pogossov as Figaro
Metropolitan Opera

It was habit in the nineteenth and early twentieth century to present operas, whatever their original language, in the language of the host country. Playbills of the past are filled with references toWagner's Il Sigfrido, or Mozart’s Il Fluto Magico, or Figaro's Hochzeit. The idea was, of course, to fill the seats. This is especially important in comedy, because what was the point if nobody got the jokes!

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