An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo
Gioacchino Rossini’s famous opera, first performed in Rome in 1816, is here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)
Beautiful Rosina lives in Seville (Siviglia) with her guardian Don Bartolo. The much older man wants to get his hands on her dowry by marrying her, so keeps her a virtual prisoner. The young, attractive Count of Almaviva also has his eye on Rosina, but isn’t easily able to communicate his interest. Fortunately, clever barber Figaro has some ideas…
Begin with this ‘easy reader’ ebook before watching the actual opera, or simply use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 8 chapters (based on Rossini’s Act/Scene structure) to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at pre-intermediate level or above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
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Lynne Ferris (verified owner) –
What I have come to expect from Easy Readers, interesting, appropriate for the level and accompanied by a clear .audio. The introduction was an interesting insight into how this opera came to be. Opera is not really my thing but perhaps having read this I will attempt to watch it online. Thanks to all the team for the production of this.
Patricia Barber (verified owner) –
If you’re not already an opera fan, Il barriers di Saviglia is a good place to start because it’s a fast paced and comic opera that pulls you in from the beginning and this B2 easy reader is an excellent introduction. It clearly presents the plot and makes you eager to hear the music, which you then may recognize from Bugs Bunny cartoons. Also the opera is readily available on YouTube and online so once you start watching it, the rolicking music may draw your whole household in to watch with you. And then you may realize how lucky you are because, thanks to Daniel and OnlineItalianClub, there’s a whole world of opera to explore!
Jane Buyers (verified owner) –
The opera series is wonderful!!! I have purchased all of them and am having such a great time listening to and reading them, each a number of times, and then looking on line to see and hear productions of them. Now I feel I can truly participate in understanding and appreciating opera, something I have wanted to be able to do for a long time but just didn’t know how and where to start. The next step will be to actually go to a full production somewhere- hope to be able to do so this fall. It will have to be close to home for this year, not in Italy, alas, but Italian opera in Italy is definitely the goal.
Thanks to Easy Readers for opening up this whole new world for me.
“Thanks to Easy Readers for opening up this whole new world for me.”
It was an enormous pleasure, Jane, as was reading your comments.
This was exactly what I had in mind years back when, looking for something useful an under-employed teacher/writer could do in the early, panicky stages of the Covid lockdown, I thought we could combine developing reading/listening skills material with opening up this particular cultural niche to the masses (the likes of you and I).
We’d previously tried Italian literature, with some success. I learnt a lot from both series, and like you, I’m planning to go see a ‘real’ opera one day!
Malcolm copley (verified owner) –
Well up to standard for this series, it helps to have an idea of the story first, but the Italian is OK for me (I usually rate myself A2).
A really good way to improve yourself.
Many thanks for being the first to review this, Malcolm. We appreciate it!