Monday, August 12, 2019 - Start: 8:00 PM

Dramma giocoso in two acts by Gioachino Rossini (Salzburg Festival 2018, Haus für Mozart – in Italian). A co-production by BR/ARTE and UNITEL

The production of the directors’ duo Leiser and Caurier sets Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri in the present day and transforms Algiers into a madhouse. In the midst of it all is La Bartoli as Isabella, the lady of the camels, who plays a game of cat and mouse with Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers. The latter has had enough of his wife and decides to replace her with something more exotic: an attractive Italian, no less. His pirates promptly deliver Isabella, who has survived a shipwreck and is searching for her beloved Lindoro. Will Isabella be forced to live out her days as the star of Mustafà’s harem? If that’s what he thinks, he has yet to encounter the resolute Isabella! The clash between self-satisfied machismo and emancipated insubordination is central to this tale, which is equally funny and madcap and presented here in a turbulent, wisely comical interpretation – with Cecilia Bartoli at the top of her game, as enthralled reviews pointed out: “Resolute in the lower range, brilliant in the upper, and agile in the coloratura gymnastics,” one wrote: “At all times, La Bartoli appears as a master of virtuosity with a steady head for heights, at the same time commenting with a wink on the primadonna cult of yesterday. Something you must have seen and heard for yourself.”


Conductor: Jean-Christophe Spinosi | Directors: Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier | Orchestra: Ensemble Matheus | Duration: 163 Minutes | Featuring: Cecilia Bartoli (Isabella), Ildar Abdrazakov (Mustafà), Edgardo Rocha (Lindoro), Alessandro Corbelli (Taddeo), José Coca Loza (Haly), Rebeca Olvera (Elvira), Rosa Bove (Zulma)