Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Robert Pomakov and Daniel Belcher in 'The Italian Girl in Algiers' Robert Pomakov and Daniel Belcher in 'The Italian Girl in Algiers' (Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera)

Our fall broadcasts from Houston Grand Opera begin with the company premiere of the Rossini early gem The Italian Girl in Algiers, given in October 2012.

In this comic romp, Isabella survives a shipwreck, is marooned near Algiers and captured. Searching for her fiancé, she quickly catches the eye of Mustafà, the local bey; bored with his harem, he has determined to marry an Italian.

Leading the cast is Italian soprano Daniela Barcellona in her HGO debut, flanked by tenor Lawrence Brownlee and bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi. Carlo Rizzi leads the score marked by brilliant orchestration and witty melodies.

Isabella: Daniela Barcellona
Lindoro: Lawrence Brownlee
Mustafa: Patrick Carfizzi
Taddeo: Daniel Belcher
Elvira: Lauren Snouffer

Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
Stage Director: Joan Font
Chorus Master Richard Bado
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

ROSSINI was a musical genius whose melodic inventiveness and sense of characterization were priceless.
The singers are OK, but not out of this world. Maestro Carlo Ricci has the style and the tempi as second nature to him. I wonder if the tenor Lawrence Brownlee is any relation to the Met Opera's John Brownlee with whom I studied at Manhattan School of Music. I knew Carla, John's wife and his daughter, but am unaware if John had any other children. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer [ "Shakespeare"and "The Political Shakespeare], and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My singing may be heard at the RECORDED SELECTIONS venue on my website in 37 out of the 100 selections that I have sang in four three-hour-long solo concerts in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of CARNEGIE HALL. On last Sunday October 27th at 5 PM, at the NEWLIFE EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel I sang my fourth concert in New York of the series "The 300 Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals, Movies, and The Grammys." The 300 Love Songs on ten DVDs recorded live on the VALHALLA RECORDS label will be obtainable commercially on February 14th, 2014, Saint Valentine's Day.

Nov. 09 2013 03:02 PM
Marco Nistico from NYC

Great show... but really NPR, Patrick Carfizzi, singing Mustafà is not a tenor, he's a bass-baritone. Come on! How can you make this kind of mistake?

Nov. 09 2013 01:19 PM

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