Rossini's Il Turco in Italia

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rossini takes his place amidst Europe’s exoticizers of the east in this setting of Felice Romani’s libretto. When a dashing Turkish prince arrives in town, it ignites the passions of a local housewife, who had tied the knot before sowing all of her wild oats. She invites the Turk to coffee (Turkish coffee?) where they share an appropriately caffeinated encounter. 

Meanwhile, the poor husband is at wits end to keep his wife faithful, a problem further compounded by yet another suitor. A poet who has been watching all the action from afar decides to throw these confused hearts together in a masquerade ball to works things out, until the plan goes completely awry.

James Conlon, who we heard last week, conducts this LA Opera production. Nino Machaidze returns as the fiery Fiorilla. Her husband is sung by Paolo Gavanelli who fights against Simone Alberghini in the role of the pompous Turk. 

CAST:

Selim - Simone Alberghini
Fiorilla - Nino Machaidze
Prosdocimo, The Poet - Thomas Allen
Don Geronio - Paolo Gavanelli
Narciso - Maxim Mironov
Zaida - Kate Lindsey

CONDUCTOR: James Conlon
STAGE DIRECTOR: Axel Weidauer
LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER: Grant Gershon

Comments [1]

larry eisenberg from nyc

Only an inveterate meany
Would not enjoy works of Rossini,
Il Turco, for one,
Is a barrel of fun,
A work by a musical Genie!

Aug. 13 2011 03:12 PM

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