July 02, 2020

"Una Voce Poco Fa" - The Barber of Seville

"Una Voce Poco Fa" ("A voice a little while ago") is an aria from Gioachino Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia).

Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who's going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini's music—the aural equivalent of champagne—is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber the most popular of all operatic comedies.

In this scene, Rosina (Marianne Crebassa) has heard a voice serenading her – it was Lindoro, the young man she loves. She anticipates that he will be hers, and then proclaims that, if anyone interferes, she knows 100 tricks to get her way.

"Una voce poco fa" ("A voice a little while ago")

Song title: "Una voce poco fa" ("A voice a little while ago")

Opera: The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Composer: Gioachino Rossini

Year Written: 1816

Language: Italian

Performance dates: September 28 – October 27, 2019

Artists: Marianne Crebassa (Rosina) and the Lyric Opera Orchestra under Maestro Sir Andrew Davis

Special thanks to the Chicago Federation of Musicians local 10-208 and artists of the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg