Cher Public

  • rapt: Has anyone noted here that Racette is replacing Serafin for the upcoming run of Il Tabarro at ROH? 9:31 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: The “aria” (stubby fingers) 9:05 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Like many I first fell in love with this opera through this artists classic (and frequent) performance of the Rica.... 9:04 PM
  • Bill: Lady Abbado – The Volksoper in Vienna has done Rondine on rare occasions – perhaps it has not ever been done at the... 8:59 PM
  • DerLeiermann: News: Sofia Coppola to direct a “La Traviata” production in Rome! 8:57 PM
  • DerLeiermann: Is it true that this opera is also known as “the poor man Traviata”? 8:40 PM
  • laddie: I, too, saw this work in Santa Fe last summer. AI you are of course completely in the know here. As far as positive reviews go,... 8:29 PM
  • armerjacquino: You do wonder why they have so much trouble with relatively simple sets. FYI, no set which includes a revolve, especially a... 8:16 PM

Conquering Ciro

By the time Rossini was 20, he had produced six operas, most of them brief, comic and slight. He admitted to admiring Mozart (not then well known south of the Alps), but the melodies of his early works show more of the influence of Paisiello. There is, however, already something substantially new and Rossinian about the early operas, and by the time he was twenty-one, in 1813, he had made himself famous all over the kingdom of Italy (that is to say, between Naples and the Alps) with the grand opera Tancredi and the comic L’Italiana in Algeri.   Read more »