Jan 28, 2021

Opera Daily: Rossini Listening Session with Michele and Heather

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Heather Johnson
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Welcome to our first Opera Daily Listening Session.

We tried to keep this first session on the short side (🥴 so much to discuss!). In the future, these sessions will be video (so you can see our expressions throughout 😉) with a goal toward live video so we can discuss in real-time with all of you.

It is Rossini month, so we both brought our favorite Rossini pieces to the conversation. We added a bonus element to the discussion’s tail-end, which included our favorite “Una voce poca fa” (Rosina’s aria from Rossini's Il Barbiere Di Siviglia).

We only play clips during the session, so please see below for the full pieces.

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Thank you for listening, and “see” you for the Rossini wrap-up on Sunday!

Heather’s selections

“Ah! che fedel quest'anima” (10 minute listen) from Tancredi sung here by Marilyn Horne and Katia Ricciarelli, Eve Queler, Conductor, Opera Orchestra of New York (note: the version Heather played in the session was in three pieces so to keep it simple we included a different (live) version here but both are with Marilyn!)

“Una voce poca fa” (6 minute listen) from Il Barbiere di Siviglia sung here by Marilyn Horne

Michele’s selections

"Riedi al soglio" (7 minute listen) from Zelmira sung here by Cecilia Bartoli

“Una voce poca fa” (6 minute listen) from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini sung here by Cecilia Bartoli