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The Sunday Opera: Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" from LA Opera on Air

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LA Opera on Air begins a three opera series featuring Beaumarchais’ best-known character, Figaro, on this week’s Sunday Opera (8/20 3:00 p.m.) with Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”  Our Figaro in this production is Rodion Pogossov, and the couple he helps to find true love (for now), Count Almaviva and Rosina, are performed by Rene Barbera and Elizabeth DeShong.  Rosina’s peevish and somewhat lascivious guardian, Doctor Bartolo, is sung by LA favorite, Kristinn Sigmundsson.  After the opera, please join host Michael Kownacky for more music by Rossini, his Cantata in Honor of Pope Pius IX featuring Marilla Devina (Soprano), Paul Austin Kelly (tenor), Francesco Piccoli (tenor), and Michele Pertusi with the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Riccardo Chailly along with a sprightly version of La Danza, probably the best-known piece in Rossini’s Soiree Musicale series.   

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.