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Vulpes Random: Noi Don Magnifico

RossiniI’ve fallen in love with Rossini’s magnificently frivolous opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella). I was mooching round the La Scala Museum in Milan a few weeks ago, as you do, vaguely thinking, ‘that’s lovely music playing in the background’. Bought the CD, enduring mild snooting by my husband because it was the 1953 mono recording (tchah!), albeit by folks from Glyndebourne. It’s terrific! The music is twiddly, robust, rich, and packed with Italianate bravura thingies. (I know nothing about opera.) So enthused was I that I looked for a  YouTube clip of those performers (none found), but I found this fab link to a very recent recording by a Russian company, starting with my favourite bit, ‘Noi Don Magnifico’, where the drunken father of Cinderella is singing in the garden at night with a support act of very strange men with fruit and flowers in their tricornes. I question the costume design; the wigs are atrocious; but the singing is sublime.

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Blogger, lecturer, podcaster, writer, critic, reviewer, researcher, and publisher (, in and on British literary history. Preferred occupation while listening to podcasts: cooking or knitting. Preferred soundtrack while reading: the sound of silence.

2 comments on “Vulpes Random: Noi Don Magnifico

  1. Pingback: now posting on Vulpes Libris: Noi Don Magnifico | Kate Macdonald

  2. Conor
    January 29, 2015

    Thanks, Kate. I’ve greatly enjoyed the clip and those that follow it. I was taken to see it at the E N O about 23 years ago and have always wondered how good it was.

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