Enjoy New Year's Eve with the Met's Broadcast of 'L’Italiana in Algeri'

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Marianna Pizzolatto as Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri Marianna Pizzolatto as Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

A fall 2016 production of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri is your New Year's Eve Metropolitan Opera broadcast. At 1 pm, experience the farcical tale of botched marriage arrangements, tangled lovers and lots of food and drink. Or, depending on who you’re talking to, a deeply veiled commentary on early 19th century Italian identity.

Some would argue that Rossini wrote this opera to provide a call to Italian unification, at a time when the peninsula was heavily influenced by a number of foreign states. His heroine Isabella represents Italy as a clever and fast-thinking woman on a mission to flee Ottoman Algiers and return to her native land, with her equally Italian company in tow.

A fine example of dramma giocoso, L’Italiana is a deft blend of the self-serious and comedic. The opera was composed when Rossini was a strapping young man of just 21 years, an impressive feat for any era. The resounding critical success after its 1813 premiere in Venice catapulted the rising star to even higher levels of fame and cemented his reputation as one of Europe’s finest composers.

L’Italiana in Algeri is the subject of this week’s episode of the He Sang, She Sang podcast and features Operavore columnist and author Fred Plotkin, as well as L’Italiana singers Ying Fang and Rihab Chaieb. You can listen to it here.


Conductor: James Levine

Marianna Pizzolato: Isabella

Elvira: Ying Fang

Zulma: Rihab Chaieb

Lindoro: René Barbera

Taddeo: Nicola Alaimo

Haly: Dwayne Croft

Mustafà: Ildar Abdrazakov

Comments [2]

Les from Miami, Florida

Bass Ildar Abdrazakov, as Mustafa`, isn't listed. I'd argue he's the one person the entire plot...certainly all of the comic actics... revolves around. Here's anticipating a completely satisfying performance from these cast members as well as the sure hand of James Levine's conducting. Let's listen with enjoyment and confidence.

Dec. 31 2016 12:09 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

CBC: Hope you are well.

Happy New Year one and all.

Dec. 31 2016 11:42 AM

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