March 1, 2020
Yesterday was the birthday of Gioachino Rossini, one of the greatest composers of opera buffa. To celebrate the leap year birthday, which was February 29, 1792, we call on Argentine countertenor Franco Fagioli. His voice is extraordinarily beautiful in this exploration on Deutsche Grammophon of rarely performed Rossini arias from “trouser roles”, male characters that were intended by the composer to be sung by female artists.
Sunday Night at the Opera airs at 9 pm on The New Classical FM.