For Rossini's 57th birthday: One of his finest operas.
Here's a simple quiz for people who think that Wagner, or Mozart, or Verdi, or Stockhausen, or whoever is the greatest opera composer who ever lived. Not just their favourite composer, whose wonderful operas they want everyone to love as much as they do. Not just a composer with a huge influence on the genre. … Continue reading A quiz for opera enthusiasts
Dramma buffo in 2 acts By Gioachino Rossini Libretto: Felice Romani, after Caterino Mazzolà’s libretto for Franz Joseph Seydelmann’s opera (1788) First performed: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 14 August 1814 Today, Il turco in Italia is one of the most commonly performed Rossini operas - well below The Barber of Seville or La Cenerentola, perhaps, but respectably frequent. Its clever … Continue reading 51. Il turco in Italia (Gioachino Rossini)