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The Barber of Seville & Moses and Phareon - English National Opera Guide 36

Gioachino Rossini Price: $14.95

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera, providing stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original

Rossini was one of the major innovators in the field of opera

Moses and Phareon is a score which he revised for Paris ten years after it had been composed for Naples; the result shows the evolution of his taste over a decade – from the neo-classical sublime to spectacular Romantic grand opera

The Barber of Seville has been a favourite with the public since it opened, and Marco Spada analyses how its stylish comedy has been misunderstood

Other essays throw light on the working conditions of the “opera industry” in Rossini’s Italy, on Balzac’s delightful novel concerning Moïse and on the exceptional challenge of performing this type of music to a high standard.

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