Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers
Saturday, November 09, 2013
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