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Victoria de los Ángeles sings “Una voce poco fa” (The Barber of Seville)

Spanish operatic lyric coloratura soprano Victoria de los Ángeles sings “Una voce poco fa” (English: A voice a little while ago) of Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa in two acts, “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). From the BBC Telecast in 1962.

Special thanks to Gladys Abulafia Alhanati who made me discover that great performance.
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Teresa Berganza sings “Una voce poco fa”

One of the most closely associated opera singers with the roles of Rossini, the Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza sings the legitimate aria, “Una voce poco fa” (A voice a little while ago) of Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa in two acts, “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Conductor: Claudio Abbado, director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Filmed at Salzburg, Atelier Durer, 1972.
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John Rawnsley sings Largo al factotum (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

One of the best versions of Rossini’s “Largo al factotum” from “The Barber of Seville”. Sung by British baritone, actor and opera singer John Rawnsley.

“Largo al factotum” (Make way for the factotum) is an aria from The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) by Gioachino Rossini, sung at the first entrance of the title character; the repeated “Figaro”s before the final patter section are an icon in popular culture of operatic singing. The term “factotum” refers to a general servant and comes from the Latin where it literally means “do everything.”

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