Related Links

Recommended Links

Give the Composers Timeline Poster

Site News

What's New for
Winter 2018/2019?

Site Search

Follow us on
Facebook    Twitter


In association with
Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon Japan

CD Universe



Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

CD Review

Gioachino Rossini

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

  • Giuseppe di Stefano
  • Lily Pons
  • Giuseppe Valdengo
  • Salvatore Baccaloni
  • Jerome Hines
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Alberto Erede
Sony Classical 80462-2 135m ADD
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon JapanOrder Now from ArkivMusic.comFind it at CD Universe Find it at JPC

Sony in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera are reissuing a number of fine broadcast recordings of several operas recorded in the post war period up to more recent provenance. This version of Rossini's The Barber of Seville features a stunning cast with the youthful Lily Pons alongside di Stefano and Valdengo, so the singing is of the expected high calibre.

The recording dates from 1950 and is expectedly rather dull and muddy but otherwise the sense of occasion is there for all to hear. Sony provides no libretto, only cueing tracks and a short synopsis but collectors will want this otherwise unavailable performance mostly for the stunning Lily Pons.

Copyright © 2011, Gerald Fenech