Paolo Tosti (1846-1916) was an Italian composer known for light, sentimental songs. He never composed an opera.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia ('The Barber of Seville') is a two-act comic opera composed by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868). It was first performed in 1816. The overture to the opera is a particularly well-known piece:
Una Voce Poco Fa ('A voice a little while ago') is an aria sung by Rosina at the opening of Act I of Rossini's opera, 'The Barber of Seville'. This is the same Rosina who featured as an older wife in the earlier opera by Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro. Figaro, here, is the Barber.
Listen here on Spotify to the aria sung by Maria Callas.
Lucca is an ancient city in Tuscany, Italy, with Roman remains and Renaissance walls.
Born in Lucca, he lived much of his life in Torre del Lago, a small town 15 miles away.
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Un bel di vedremo from Madama Butterfly
O Soave Fanciulla from La Bohème
O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi