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Articles tagged with "opera buffa"

Smells like teen spirit: The pieces that cemented Mozart’s reputation as a childhood prodigy

27 June 2017

At the age when most of us are studying at school, Mozart was travelling around Europe performing, teaching and composing operas.

The secret world of the opera prompter

10 May 2017

Secretly mouthing the singers' cues from a cramped, hidden box, the job of a prompter is often unfairly overlooked.

‘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.

Il turco in Italia Musical Highlight: ‘D’un bell’uso in Turchio’

10 April 2015

Rossini scales new heights of the ridiculous in this delightfully silly duet for two baritones.

Il barbiere di Siviglia Musical highlight: The Act I finale

18 September 2014

Rossini scales new comic heights in this brilliant finale, a tangled web of farce that shows off his skill in writing for ensembles.

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.