AWAY FROM STAGE SESSIONS
"Una voce poco fa" @ the Carpentry
The question is, if Rossini was thinking of his opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia" when he said these words. After all, the opera can almost be called an evergreen in the field of opera buffa, the comic Italian opera. Musicologist Philip Gossett describes it as "the oldest Italian opera that has never disappeared from the opera repertoire since its premiere". But it is not only an evergreen, it is also the opera with which the then 24-year-old Rossini made his international breakthrough - and that despite the fact that he had only been sitting on the composition of this piece for around three weeks. The fast writer Rossini created around the central figure of the barber a music with humor, tempo and always surprising turns. If Verdi described it as "overflowing with genuine musical ideas", the soprano Elsa García Tárraga describes it even more explicitly, why she has established the aria "una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Barber in her repertoire of all things: stylistically, the music would need a flexible voice with the widest possible range of variation, both in high and low notes. However, one's own identification with the aria plays an equally important role: a melody that quickly stays in one's head and exudes bliss, but at the same time is not banal. For Tárraga, this makes the music accessible to everyone - or even to every woman. Therefore, in her opinion, every woman can identify with Rosina.