|A proper, goiterless Ring Cycle valkyrie|
Say, did you know we have no fewer than three versions of Die Walküre? An embarrassment of riches, sure not to last long!
|"Hold still while I cut your head off!"|
"But if I had shaved, I should have gone out." he replied. "And if I had gone out, I would not have come back in time to finish The Barber in 13 days!"
Rossini's titular barber also appears in another Beaumarchais-derived libretto, that of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. Filmed in Hamburg, Paris, Vienna, and Florence, the various productions we're carrying on DVD all attest to the cherished place this hugely enjoyable masterpiece has in the hearts of music lovers everywhere.
|Cherubino hides behind Susanna's chair as the Count arrives (Scene from Act 1 of Mozart's opera Le nozze di Figaro; Anonymous 19th-century watercolor)|