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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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“O Sole Mio” from three great tenors

Three versions of the famous Neapolitan song “O Sole Mio”: Enrico Caruso, Jussi Björling, and Luciano Pavarotti.

“O sole mio” is a globally known Neapolitan song written in 1898. Its lyrics were written by Giovanni Capurro and the melody was composed by Eduardo di Capua. There are other versions of “‘O sole mio” but it is usually sung in the original Neapolitan language. ‘O sole mio is the Neapolitan equivalent of standard Italian Il sole mio and translates literally as “my sunshine“.

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John Williams plays Isaac Albéniz’s Asturias (Leyenda)

Asturias (Leyenda) is a musical work written by the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. It was originally written for the piano and set in the key of G minor, and first published in Barcelona, by Juan Bta. Pujol & Co., in 1892 as the prelude of a three-movement set entitled Chants d’Espagne. Here it is played by John Williams inside the Reales Alcázares in Seville, Spain.

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