aka, Beauty and Heart of Iron

BBC Radio 3‘s weekly streaming opera offering this time is a Rossini rarity, Matilde di Shabran, which was apparently controversial enough to cause fights after its 1821 premiere, so check it out to see what all the fuss is about…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3khDPul1OE8&w=350&h=300]

This performance is coming from the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, which mounted the first production of Matilde di Shabran in 175 years back in 1996 and produced the accompanying short documentary.  Italian with French subtitles, but still plenty of 90s datedness to enjoy even if you can’t understand.

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