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CLIP 12061

Rossini's Opera 'The Barber of Seville'

Rossini's Opera 'The Barber of Seville'
Key Info
  • Rossini's Opera 'The Barber of Seville'
  • Duration: 03:30
  • Conductor Antonio Pappano appraises Rossini's opera buffa 'The Barber of Seville'. Together with opera star Pietro Spagnoli who plays Figaro, Pappano and the baritone explain and perform extracts from the score that exemplify some of Rossini's exceptional compositional devices that made the Barber of Seville one of the most successful operas ever. Examples include the long Rossini crescendo and the clever tempo writing that so effectively depicts the character under stress in Figaro's famous aria. This is shown performed by Spagnoli both at the piano with the conductor and on stage in a grand opera house production.
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  • Keywords: opera buffa, Pappano, Rossini, aria, baritone, composer, Opera House, orchestration, crescendo, The Barber of Seville, tempo, accelerando, Pietro Spagnoli
Ideas for use in class
  • Operatic relative viewing/listening, analysing and evaluating comic opera buffa, appraising opera/aria/recitative, appraising the opera The Barber of Seville, appraising the singing voice – baritone
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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