Sémiramide; Sémiramis; Семирамида; Rossini: Semiramide. I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. Semiramide, Queen of Babylon, widow of King Nino (soprano) Arsace, Commander of the Assyrian army (contralto) Assur, a prince, descendant of Baal (bass) Idreno, an Indian king (tenor) Oroe, high priest of the Magi (bass) Azema, a princess, descendant of Baal (soprano) Mitrane, Captain of the Guard (tenor) Nino's Ghost (bass).
Semiramide (Italian pronunciation: ) is an opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto by Gaetano Rossi is based on Voltaire's tragedy Semiramis, which in turn was based on the legend of Semiramis of Assyria. The opera was first performed at La Fenice in Venice on 3 February 1823. Semiramide was Rossini's final Italian opera and according to Richard Osborne, "could well be dubbed Tancredi Revisited". As in Tancredi, Rossi's libretto was based on a Voltaire tragedy.
Animated Cheerful Energetic Flowing Graceful Humorous Lively Lyrical Melodic Playful Sparkling Witty. Daniela Barcellona, Albina Shagimuratova, Mark Elder. Semiramide, based on a play by Voltaire about an ancient Assyrian queen, was Rossini's last Italian opera. Some five hours long in performance, it has always been subject to cuts from producers worried that it was a butt-breaker, but Rossini insisted that it be performed as written. He was right: its massive two acts have a logic and flow that do not flag.
Gioacchino Rossini "Overtures". Record Label Arte Nova Classics, 75 2. Year of production 2000. Gioachino Rossini (extract:) L'Italiana in Algeri Die Italienerin in Algier. Dramma giocoso in 2 Akten. 1. Overture Ouvertüre. Gioachino Rossini (extract:) The Barber Of Seville, Or The Useless Precaution. Opera buffa In 2 Acts. 2. Gioachino Rossini (extract:) La Cenerentola. 3. Gioachino Rossini (extract:) The Thieving Magpie. Opera Semiseria In 2 Acts. 4.
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