Posts by Randy Blevins

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Suggested Recording Rossini: Barber of Seville Import

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Suggested Recordings Heggie: Dead Man Walking Heggie: Dead Man Walking (Live recording of 2000 world premiere production)

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Suggested Recordings Strauss: Ariadne on Naxos / Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos Box set

Composer Biography

Gioachino Rossini Known as “The Swan of Pesaro,” Rossini was the most popular composer of the first half of the 19th century. Rossini’s highly ornate musical style revolutionized the art form, inaugurating the “Golden Century” of Italian opera. VITAL STATISTICS Born: February 29, 1792, Pesaro, Italy Died: November 13, 1868, Passy, France (suburb of Paris) Nationality: Italian Genre: Classical […]

The Barber of Seville Synopsis

  The Barber of Seville Synopsis ACT I Outside the house of Dr. Bartolo in Seville. Accompanied by the servant, Fiorello, and a group of hired musicians, Count Almaviva serenades his beloved Rosina from beneath her window. Along comes Figaro – barber, doctor, matchmaker, and self-styled “factotum” to all of Seville. Figaro informs the Count, […]

Suggested Reading

Dead Man Walking In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean agreed to serve as spiritual advisor to convicted murderer Patrick Sonnier; two years later, she did the same for Robert Lee Willie. In this memoir of Prejean’s introduction to the cap­ital punishment system, we come to know two condemned men she advises and ultimately accompanies to their […]