Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Chi disprezza gli infelici" by Rossini

From the pen of Rossini: "For the opera Ciro in Babilonia (1812) I had a horrible seconda donna. Not only was she ugly beyond all description, but her voice too was without any dignity. After the most careful testing, I found that she had a single note, the middle B flat, which didn't sound too bad. I thereupon wrote an aria in which she had to sing just that note. I set it all in the orchestra, and as the piece was liked and applauded, my unitonal singer was delighted with her triumph."

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