Don Basilio

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1 (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia). Bass. Rosina's music-teacher. He suggests to Bartolo, Rosina's guardian, that one way of discouraging the Count, who is wooing Rosina, would be to spread rumours about his character. Aria: La calunnia è un venticello (‘Calumny is a little breeze’); quintet: Buona sera, mio signore (‘Goodnight, dear sir’). Created (1816) by Zenobio Vitarelli.

2 (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro). Ten. The music-teacher. Aria (usually omitted): In quegl'anni, in cui val poco … (‘In those years when reason, little practised’). A famous Russian Basilio was Igor Stravinsky's father, Fyodor Stravinsky. Created (1786) by Michael Kelly (who also created the lawyer Don Curzio).

Subjects: Opera.

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