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Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
THE history of what is popularly called Italian opera begins in the United States with a performance of Rossini's lyrical comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia; it may, therefore, fittingly take the first place in these operatic studies.
Le Nozze Di Figaro
BEAUMARCHAIS wrote a trilogy of Figaro comedies, and if the tastes and methods of a century or so ago had been like those of the present, we might have had also a trilogy of Figaro operas Le Barbier de Seville, Le Mariage de Figaro, and La Mère coupable.
Die Zauberflote
MOZART'S Zauberflote — The Magic Flute — is the oldest German opera holding a place on the American stage, though not quite 118 years old ; but so far as my memory and records go, it has had but four performances in the original tongue in New York in a whole generation.
Don Giovanni
IN the preceding chapter it was remarked that Mozart's Zauberflote was the oldest German opera in the current American repertory. Accepting the lists of the last two decades as a criterion, Don Giovanni is the oldest Italian opera, save one.
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