Jan Martiník sings Rossini

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Czech Republic's Jan Martiník performs La calunnia from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, in the final of the 2009 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Dr Bartolo is Rosina's guardian, and would like to become her husband. He is in cahoots with Don Basilio, Rosina's music master, who suspects that Rosina and the handsome young Count Almaviva are in love. Here, Don Basilio advises Dr Bartolo to discredit the Count by spreading a rumour about him. In a witty 'patter' song, he describes how calumny can start as a breath of wind and end as a storm of scandal.


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