January 9 – Classical Tongue Twisters

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Gioachino Rossini: The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum
This aria from Rossini’s comic opera “The Barber of Seville” is perhaps the most demanding few minutes of singing for any baritone. The range is wide, the tempo is fast…and the words present quite a difficult tongue-twister! Perhaps that’s why the aria’s repeated “Figaro” passage is one of the only operatic moments to make its way into popular culture.

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