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Cesare Sterbini

Cesare Sterbini (born 1784 in Rome – January 19, 1831) was an Italian writer and librettist.

Possessing a deep knowledge of classical and contemporary culture, philosophy, linguistics, he was fluent in Greek, Latin, Italian, French and German. He is best known as the librettist for two operas by Gioachino Rossini: Torvaldo e Dorliska (1815) and The Barber of Seville (1816). An official in the Pontifical Administration, he also set poetry to music as an amateur. He wrote the libretto to the opera Il Contraccambio to the music of Giacomo Cordella in 1819, and the opera Isaura and Ricciardo to the music of Francesco Basili in 1820.

He died in Rome on 19 January 1831.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1784 (Rome), Died January 19th, 1831 (Rome)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: librettist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 13475-13477 10-in. 7/3/1924 II Barbiere di Siviglia Al Jolson Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  


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