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Articles by Francesco Izzo

‘Born for buffa’: The tricks of the trade that Rossini exploited to become a master of comedy

13 April 2015

The Italian composer was a genius at creating silly, surprising and strangely moving comic operas.

Context is king: Verdi's self-criticism of I due Foscari overlooks extraordinary emotional insight

12 October 2014

The composer thought his early tragedy too bleak – but look closer and Verdi the dramatist begins to emerge from the shadows in this crucial work.

Border Control: La Fille du régiment's influence on Italian opera

1 March 2014

A look at the surprising influence Donizetti's charming opéra comique had on 19th-century Italian opera.