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Largo al factotum

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Opera title:

Il Barbiere di Siviglia


Giaochino Rossini




Il Barbiere di Siviglia Synopsis


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Maria Callas "Una Voce Poco Fa" | Rossini - The Barber of Seville

Singer: Maria Callas

Gioacchino Rossini - "Una Voce Poco Fa",
Gioacchino Rossini (1791-1868) The Barber of Seville, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Opera, 1815.
Maria Callas (1923-1977), Georges Sébastian, conductor (1903-1989),
Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris, 19.XII.1958.

This 1815 masterpiece is widely considered the greatest of comic operas. Even when operas of the bel canto period (Rossini's period of flourishing) were rarely performed, its frequent presence on operatic stages of the world was unabated. The first performance, in Rome in 1816 was a fiasco. The older opera composer Giovanni Paisiello had composed an opera on the same story, also called The Barber of Seville, in 1782.

Rossini had misgivings about composing a new opera on the same text, so he first obtained Paisiello's gracious permission to go ahead, and originally called his new opera Almaviva. This did not prevent Paisiello's claque from sabotaging the premiere, a feat in which they were aided by under-rehearsal, sloppy production, and stage effects which failed to work properly. Soon afterward, with some changes, the opera was presented again. Without Paisiello's fans creating an uproar, the performance was a success, and by the third performance it resulted in ovations and quickly went on to sweep the operatic world. (As for Paisiello's opera, it was soon eclipsed by Rossini's, but more recently it has regained some appreciation in the operatic world.)

The Barber of Seville is the first of a trilogy of plays by the French dramatist Beaumarchais. These plays, which tended to depict nobility as buffoons dependant on and manipulated by their wily servants, were considered subversive in the late 1700s. (The Marriage of Figaro, the second of the plays, was turned into an opera by Mozart in 1786. It is Rossini's opera, by the way, not Mozart's, which has the comic aria "Largo al factotum" containing the call: "Figaro, Figaro, Figaro.") Figaro is the barber of the title. The plot involves the efforts of the amorous young Count Almaviva to woo and win the lovely Rosina, in the process outwitting her ward, Dr. Bartolo, who fancies her for himself.

There are textual difference among production of the opera. The primary decision is whether Rosina's part should be sung by a mezzo-soprano (as Rossini originally intended) or by a soprano, as it has commonly been done since 1826, apparently with Rossini's permission. An aria for Bartolo was lost, and has been replaced by one composed by a composer named Romani. And the "Lesson Scene" is also lost, so the soprano gets to choose music by another composer to use in its place. Some of the great popular numbers in the opera are Almaviva's serenade "Ecco ridente in cielo" and the more passionate "Se il mio nome." Rosina's"Una voce poco fa" is probably the most popular of all coloratura arias, while Bartolo gets his own aria, "La Calunnia" ("Calumny"), all about the evil power of slander. Incidentally, the famous overture to the opera, which is probably among the most frequently heard compositions of Rossini's in the concert hall, was not composed originally for this opera at all! Rossini was short of time, so he simply grabbed an overture he had written earlier.

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6 - Leonard Warren

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6 - Jason Barry-Smith

oeRossiniLargo al factotum della citta 2010June 116 54961
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Rossini Gino Bechi 1952 Largo al Factotum Barber of Seville Milan Symphony Orchestra 54976
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Simon Keenlyside Largo al factotum della Citta Il barbiere di Siviglia G Rossini 54981
6 - Simon Keenlyside
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6 - Muslim Magomayev

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Pasquale Amato Largo al factotum Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Victor 1911 55008
6 - Pasquale Amato

Robert Merrill Rossini Barbiere di Siviglia Largo al factotum  55018
6 - Robert Merrill

Mariano Stabile Largo al factotum Il barbiere di Siviglia 1928 55020
6 - Mariano Stabile

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6 - Ettore Bastianini
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6 - Erich Kunz

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5 - Mario Del Monaco
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6 - Leo Nucci

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6 - Pietro Spagnoli
6 - Ruggero Raimondi

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6 - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
6 - Ettore Bastianini
6 - Gino Bechi
6 - Gino Quilico
6 - Giuseppe Danise
6 - Giuseppe De Luca
6 - Lawrence Tibbett
6 - Leo Nucci
6 - Leonard Warren
6 - Nicolae Herlea
6 - Pasquale Amato
6 - Pietro Spagnoli
6 - Riccardo Stracciari
6 - Robert Merrill
6 - Rolando Panerai
6 - Russell Braun
6 - Sesto Bruscantini
6 - Sherrill Milnes
6 - Thomas Hampson
6 - Tito Gobbi
6 - Titta Ruffo
Il Barbiere di Siviglia Largo al Factotum Cartoon 54955
6 - Donald Maxwell
6 - Thomas Allen


Figaro, con la chitarra appesa al collo e detto, nascosto

N. 2 - Cavatina

Largo al factotum
della città.
Presto a bottega,
ché l'alba è già.
Ah, che bel vivere,
che bel piacere
per un barbiere
di qualità!
Ah, bravo Figaro!
Bravo, brayissimo;
per verità!
Pronto a far tutto,
la notte e il giorno
sempre d'intorno,
in giro sta.
Miglior cuccagna
per un barbiere,
vita più nobile,
no, non si dà.
Rasori e pettini,
lancette e forbici,
al mio comando
tutto qui sta.
V'è la risorsa,
poi, del mestiere
colla donnetta
col cavaliere
Ah, che bel vivere,
che bel piacere
per un barbiere
di qualità!
Tutti mi chiedono,
tutti mi vogliono,
donne, ragazzi,
vecchi, fanciulle:
Qua la parrucca
Presto la barba
Qua la sanguigna
Presto il biglietto
Figaro ... Figaro
Son qua, son qua.
Figaro... Figaro...
Eccomi qua.
Ahimè, che furia!
Ahimè, che folla!
Una alla volta,
per carità!
Figaro su, Figaro giù
Pronto prontissimo
son come il fulmine:
sono il factotum
della città.
Ah, bravo Figaro!
Bravo, bravissimo;
a te fortuna non

English Libretto or Translation:

Figaro enters with a guitar around his neck


La ran la le ra la ran la la.
Make way for the factotum of the city.
La ran la la, etc.
Rushing to his shop
for dawn is here.
La ran la la, etc.
What a merry life,
what gay pleasures
for a barber
of quality.
Ah, bravo Figaro,
bravo, bravissimo, bravo!
La ran la la, etc.
Most fortunate of men,
indeed you are!
La ran la la, etc.

Ready for everything
by night or by day,
always in bustle,
in constant motion.
A better lot
for a barber,
a nobler life
does not exist.
La la ran la la ran la, etc.

Razors and combs,
lancets and scissors,
at my command
everything's ready.
Then there are "extras"
part of my trade,
business for ladies
and cavaliers …
La la ran la …la …la.
Ah, what a merry life,
what gay pleasures,
for a barber
of quality.

All call for me,
all want me,
ladies and children,
old men and maidens.
I need a wig,
I want a shave,
leeches to bleed me,
here, take this note.
All call for me,
all want me.
I need a wig,
I want a shave,
here, take this note.
Ho, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, etc.
Heavens! what a commotion!
Heavens! What a crowd!
One at a time,
for pity's sake.

Ho, Figaro! - I am here!
Figaro here, Figaro there,
Figaro up. Figaro down.
Quicker and quicker
I go like greased lightning,
make way for the factotum of the city,

Ah, bravo, Figaro,
bravo, bravissimo,
On you good fortune
will always smile.
La la ran la, etc.
I am the factotum
of the city.

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Arias for BaritoneG. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach - Arias for BaritoneOperatic Anthology: BaritoneAnthology of Italian Opera: BaritoneCantolopera: Arias for Baritone Volume 23 Arias for Baritone/BassTitta Ruffo

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