This program explores the myth of Rossini's personality - bon vivant, man of the world, and celebrates the music he wrote for the stage and various organizations. It traces his life through film of the places in which he lived and worked, photographs, stage designs, his own words and those of his contemporaries as well as extensive performance excerpts from all his best-known operas and lesser known works.
Excerpts from:TancrediL'Italiana in AlgieriElisabetta, Regina d'InghliterraIl Barbiere di SivigliaMessa di GloriaLa CenerentolaOverture: La Gazza LadraSemiramideOverture: Il Viaggio a ReimsGuillaume TellStabat MaterPetite Messe Solennelle
Voice of Rossini: Brian BlessedVoice of Stendhal: Timothy Bateson
Featuring:Joan SutherlandCecilia BartoliJohn RawnsleyMaria EwingDella JonesAlberto RinaldiMax-Rene CosottiClaudio DesderiAnna Caterina AntonacciKathleen Kuhlmann
Produced by: Robin ScottWritten, Narrated and Directed by: Colin Nears
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