Opera Lyra’s season opener might not win over opera traditionalists with their new production of The Barber of Seville. Rossini’s famed Spanish comedy has been removed entirely from its 18th century context and placed within a 1940s Seville film studio, which sometimes works in the libretto’s favour but other times it feels like an odd fit. 1,069 more words
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Have you ever heard a piece of music and then spend hours upon hours trying to figure out what it is? Usually, it’s easier if it’s a piece of pop music – any genre – because you can generally produce at least a line of lyric to put into the Googlematic Search Engine and get about 23 choices from a single line. 672 more words
Callas! Gobbi! Rossini! EMI Stereo! Now that’s what I call opera.
This is the way to start a music blog – ‘Barber’ is one of the greatest works of music, in turns thrilling, joyful, tender and funny. 350 more words
There’s a particular kind of film making that’s become so prevalent over the past few years as to become a free-standing punchline: the gritty reboot. Rebooting and remaking has almost become a genre of its own with many sub-genres, all of which seem to upset everyone all the time. 1,500 more words
The Teatro del Bicentenario in León, Guanajuato will present its first opera production of the 2015 season starting on the 15th of March, The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini. 302 more words