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  • ML: It’s actually Médée, en français, and it’s high on my list of never-seens too. 2:33 AM
  • Walther von Holzhaufen: Lady Abbado, in my opinion, steveac10 and Krunoslav are right on the money. I would... 2:00 AM
  • guy pacifica: Not sure where this will land, but I have a question for the Parterriani. Today I made final... 1:31 AM
  • Camille: Thank you so much, phoenix. It meant a treat deal to me to hear the sounds of home I hope the Met... 1:20 AM
  • schweigundtanze: I’ve heard much worse Violettas than the Jaho excerpts posted here (which is not to... 12:44 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Thanks. I enjoyed hearing it. 11:19 PM
  • ML: As you said weeks ago, in effect, they got greedy. Still, I’m surprised they didn’t put... 11:15 PM
  • ML: Anything Goes doesn’t go at an opera company. 11:10 PM
  • ML: Butterfly is a symphony: lousy conductor (i.e. nearly always) = lousy Butterfly. It is no coincidence... 11:00 PM
  • ianw2: Heavily discounted in Sydney, and that’s after the in-built walk-up benefit of the Opera House... 10:39 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 »