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Barber of Seville
The Black Dog Opera Library is the most popular, informative, and budget-friendly way to enjoy all the great operas. Each book contains a history of the opera, a synopsis of the story, a complete libretto in its original language as well as in English, dozens of photos, and a world-class Angel/EMI recording of the entire opera on two CDs. All of this for under twenty dolla ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published October 30th 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal
(first published 1775)
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I absolutely love this opera, it is classic funny and entertaining the whole way through, not to mention the complexity of the musical notation. This opera is great in my perspective because it makes good use of showing each character for who they are in a short period of time in a distinct manner. Reading operas is fascinating because it is the basis for theatrical productions and some of the comedies that we watch in our current time, and it is cool to witness the way that theatrical productio ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Suni rated it liked it · review of another edition
L'opera è un capolavoro, ma la musica ha un ruolo fondamentale, di conseguenza il libretto da solo si fa leggere (nonostante il linguaggio per forza di cose un po' ostico), è utile (senza non avrei capito bene tutto il meccanismo dello scambio dei biglietti), ma non può bastare e non gli do più di 3 stelline.
"The Barber of Seville" is one of my favourite operas, even if it is ultimately a ridiculous achievement. A nutty farce (and the last of its kind amongst Rossini's oeuvre), the plot concerns two secret lovers, a bunch of grotesques standing in their way, and the delightful Figaro who plots to bring them together. Figaro is actually a secondary character after his astounding opening aria, but every character becomes a comic delight as events go on. Rossini's score is sublime, particularly the ove ...more
I'm a relative newbie to opera, but I found The Barber of Seville super fun. I love Figaro's antics, as well as the lengths to which the Conte is willing to go in order to see his Rosina. Lots of slapstick, lots of farce - so many opportunities to laugh along to this opera.
A fun little introduction to The Barber of Seville. Not only does the book include two CDs with the full opera (and a good recording to boot), but it also has the entire libretto and 20 page history of the opera. This is a good dip-your-toes-in-the-water type of book.