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      Some Operatic Professions

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      So many operatic characters have interesting professions. We meet a barber who not surprisingly works in Seville. There is a cobbler, a post office worker, a soldier and a sailor. There is even a doctor who makes house calls.


      Rossini: The Barber of Seville, “Largo al Factotum”
      Sesto Bruscantini with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
      Conducted by Vittorio Gui
      Recorded in London in 1962
      EMI 5 67766 2

      Zeller: Der Vogelhandler, “Ich bin die Christel von der Post”
      Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with the Philharmonia Orchestra
      Conducted by Otto Ackermann
      Recorded in London in 1957
      EMI 5 67004 2

      Norton: Chu Chin Chow “Cobbler’s Song”
      Inia Te Wiata with Orchestra
      Recorded on London in 1994
      EMI 7 899392 6

      Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore, “When I was a Lad”
      George Baker with the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
      The Pro Arte Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent
      Recorded in London in 1958
      EMI 5 69628 2

      Wagner: Die Fliegende Hollander “Sailor’s Chorus”
      Leipsig Radio Chorus with the Staatskapelle of Dresden
      Conducted by Silvio Varviso
      Recorded in Dresden in 1988
      PHILIPS 422 410-2

      Straus: The Chocolate Soldier, “The Chocolate Soldier”
      Rise Stevens and Robert Merrill with Orchestra
      Conducted by Lehmann Engel
      Recorded in New York in 1959
      LP: RCA VICTOR LSO-1508

      Porter: Nymph Errant, “The Physician”
      Julie Andrews with Chorus and Orchestra
      Conducted by Lennie Hayton
      Recorded in London in 1968

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