This paper provides background on the 1816 opera and briefly summarizes its plot. Then it discusses the critical opinions on why the work has become a popular classic. In the reviewer’s personal opinion, the opera is successful because it is entertaining and humorous, the music enhances the story, and Rossini balances humor with moments of tender emotion. The paper includes references to certain memorable songs and scenes. KEYWORDS: music opera review Rossini. MLA Style. 6 pages, 12 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
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