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Watch: How to sing Rossini with Mark Elder

Conductor Mark Elder and mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly explore the music of Rossini through Il barbiere di Siviglia.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

18 November 2014 at 3.04pm | 2 Comments

Rossini was very strict about his music and this is one of the problems we have nowadays because it’s so difficult to perform,’ says conductor Mark Elder. ‘In Rossini’s music there is no fat, there’s nothing you can hide behind. It’s either perfect or it’s disappointing.’

During this Royal Opera House Insight event, Elder works with Jette Parker Young Artist Rachel Kelly to explore the mezzo-soprano role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He looks at the challenges of singing in Italian and what musical characteristic makes Rossini, Rossini.

‘The first quality of Verdi’s operas is drama; Donizetti’s is charm and beautiful melodies; with Rossini, it is rhythm,’ explains Elder. ‘The rhythms in his music seem to be more important than anything else. That’s not to say he didn’t write beautiful melodies or wonderful ensembles, but everything that everybody does is powered by the sense of rhythms. They have to crackle.’

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Il barbiere di Siviglia, conducted by Henrik Nánási, returns to the Royal Opera House from 13 September - 11 October 2016. Tickets are still available.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Plum responded on 22 November 2014 at 4:26am Reply

    Rachel Kelly is certainly a trending young natural talent.

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