One of the more interesting aspects of Rossini’s operas is that he often featured the contralto or mezzo-soprano in music of sparkling quality. We think of Rosina in The Barber of Seville, of course, as well as Angelina in La Cenerentola and Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri. In today’s session, Dr. Nic will survey some of the delightful arias from this vocal repertoire which include feats of acrobatic coloratura that has to be heard to be believed.
Are you all ready for your Rossini fix? As we look forward to San Diego Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville, we’re taking a deep dive into the great composer’s life with Dr. Nic! SD Opera presents a four-part virtual lecture series leading up to their production of The Barber of Seville and invites San Diego Public Library patrons to attend these lectures in celebration of the library's 65th anniversary of the Opera Insights Series.
Please visit the San Diego Opera's website for more information about their upcoming production of The Barber of Seville(link is external).
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