Getting ready for an upcoming concert with the Atlanta Symphony has me revisiting Count Almaviva for the first time in many years. Coming back to Rossini is always a humbling experience, as I find that from a technical standpoint there is always further to go, regardless of how well it went the last time. I envy my colleagues who seem to be able to roll out of bed singing the stuff, tossing it off like it is the easiest thing in the world.
Trolling Youtube, I stumbled across this today, while studying various performances of the Count's first aria in the show. At least I only have to sing it in Italian.