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Opera of the week: Due largo January 19, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Italian, Opera, Theater.

On New Year’s Day I posted about how much I loved Hermann Prey in the 1972 film of The Barber Of Seville.

Here’s his “Largo al factotum”, conducted by Claudio Abbado in a production directed and designed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. I don’t for a second take back my opinion of Prey or his singing and acting as Figaro, but I didn’t remember the film direction being so bad.

And here’s a younger Prey in an even better-sung clip from a different production, if you can get past its being in German.

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