Not for the first time Rossini lifted a piece of one opera and put it
in another (but then again so did another supreme master of the theater--Handel) when he took the Count's last act aria in BARBER and gave it to
heroine of his newer work LA CENERENTOLA--where it has permanently remained.
The BARBER version is sometimes performed but is most often cut (as it is in
BLO's upcoming BARBER.) In the video below Juan Diego Flores discusses and
performs the aria as first written with his usual panache (albeit with, in
my opinion, some lingering unease around the edges)
full of the deepest humanity and feeling.
As for the vision of Rosina in a wheelchair at the beginning of the
Flores video check in tomorrow ... all will be explained.
--John Conklin, Artistic Advisor