L'Italiana in Algeri: Rossini's quest for Italy

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Ying Fang and Rihab Chaieb in Rossini's 'L'Italiana in Algeri.'

L'Italiana in Algeri may seem like a classic battle of the sexes story set in North Africa, but it's really all about Italy. At least that's one way to look at it. On this episode of He Sang/She Sang, author Fred Plotkin, soprano Ying Fang and mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb discuss the politics, patriotism and musical brilliance of Rossini's escape-story masterpiece.

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This episode features excerpts from the following album:

Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (Erato, 1981)
— Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Samuel Ramey, bass; Kathleen Battle, soprano; Clara Foti, mezzo-soprano; Nicola Zaccaria, bass; Ernesto Palacio, tenor; Domenico Trimarchi, baritone; I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone