While Rossini's opera contains much beautiful and florid music, his style of writing became much less popular as the more veristically dramatic style of the 1880's took over the pens of composers. As Rossini's operas became less fashionable and less often mounted the issue of finding singers appropriately trained in the Bel Canto style became more and more difficult, plunging his works into even greater obscurity.
It is only withing the past few decades, thanks to singers like Callas, Gencer, Sutherland, Sills, and a few more that a resurgence of interest in Rossini's works has emerged. The majority of his operas are virtually unknown today, with the exception of the ever-popular Barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola both of which have always been handy vehicles for singers to show off their technical skills. Fortunately today there are a number of excellent recordings and performances of his works available, a number of which are listed in our catalog.
Shown below for a side by-side comparison are June Anderson singing the "Willow Song' [canzone di Salce] from both operas.
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