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It was all action in those days – blood on the strings:

Luigi Zamboni, for whom Rossini wrote the role of Figaro had urged Rossini and Francesco Sforza-Cesarini, the cash-strapped impresario of the Teatro Argentina, to engage his sister-in-law, Elisabetta Gafforini, as Rosina. However, her fee was too high and in the end they settled on Geltrude Righetti.

The premiere of Rossini’s opera at the Teatro Argentina in Rome (20 February 1816) was a disaster: the audience hissed and jeered throughout, and several on-stage accidents occurred.


Furthermore, many of the audience were supporters of one of Rossini’s rivals, the veteran Giovanni Paisiello, who played on mob mentality to provoke the rest of the audience to dislike the opera. Paisiello had already composed The Barber of Seville and took Rossini’s new version to be an affront to his version.

Love it.

Once after Patti had sung a particularly florid rendition of the opera’s legitimate aria, ‘Una voce poco fa’, Rossini is reported to have asked her: “Very nice, my dear, and who wrote the piece you have just performed?”

Oh yeah. 😀

And finally:

3 comments for “Need a haircut and trim?

  1. james wilson
    June 2, 2020 at 20:05

    Ok, I’ll say it. The trained operatic voice is, with exeptions, contrived to the point of being unattractive.

    • June 3, 2020 at 01:56

      I have to disagree. Ladies such as Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca could have me if they played their cards right. Well, they could have had me a few years ago. I am a bit past it now. But I am still entranced by their singing.

      • james wilson
        June 3, 2020 at 21:10

        They can have me too when they’re not singing.

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