With "Il Turco in Italia" ("A Turk in Italy"), Rossini turns the narrative tables on his own, more popular comedy, "The Italian Girl in Algiers." This opera may be less familiar, but it's every bit as funny, and comes to us from one of Italy's finest regional theaters.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "The Turk in Italy" from the Royal Theater in Turin. Bass Carlo Lepore stars as Selim — the Turk in question — alongside baritone Paolo Bordogna as his rival Geronio, and soprano Nino Machaidze as Fiorilla, the willful young woman they're both pursuing.
Selim: Paolo Bordogna (bass)
Fiorilla: Nino Machaidze (soprano)
Geronio: Paolo Bordogna (baritone)
Zaida: Samantha Korbey (mezzo-soprano)
Narciso: Edgardo Rocha (tenor)
Prosdocimo: Simone Del Savio (baritone)
Albazar: Enrico Iviglia (tenor)
Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus
Daniele Rustioni, conductor