Rossini - IL TURCO IN ITALIA
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Rossini - IL TURCO IN ITALIA
11 May 2017 at 00h00 CET
Duration: 02:34:48"

Rossini - IL TURCO IN ITALIA

Gioachino Rossini European Opera Days

Unfaithful women, flirtatious young men, seductive arias and spectacular ensembles – Rossini´s witty IL TURCO IN ITALIA is a perfect comedy of manners. Enjoy this colourful production filmed at the Bergen National Opera, Norway in April 2017.

Rossini was just 22 when he wrote IL TURCO IN ITALIA, his 13th opera and his third for Teatro alla Scala. The young composer clearly relished librettist Felice Romani's outrageous farce, which serves up ridiculousness with relish. The heroine's wildly immoral antics caused some consternation at the opera's premiere in 1814, and would play a part in the opera virtual disappearance from Europe's stages later in the century.

The plot goes from raucous humour to darker intrigue. Fiorilla is bored to death of her husband Geronio. A ship arrives bearing a glamorous Prince and Fiorilla decides to fell in love with him, to much disappointment of her current lover, Narciso. After all kinds of dramatic intrigues, elderly husband and young wife are left to face each other and their values. The poet Prosdocimo, who is looking for a story for his comic drama, takes notes. Gypsies, tales from a Turkish harem, a desolate lover and a foolish old man with a highly unpredictable and flirtatious young wife are all comic ingredients for this unique plot. In Mark Lamos' production for Bergen National Opera, Prosdocimo is young, brash, exuberant, overflowing with enthusiasm. He is the puppet master who is pulling all the strings - literally - because Lamos has created puppet replicas of Fiorilla, Geronio and Selim who battle out their stormy love triangle in a puppet theatre in parallel as the audience sees them in real life on the stage.

And, as some times happens in live performance, Pietro Spagnoli was suffering from a throat infection at the time of this recording and his role was thus sung by Giorgio Caoduro in a great double-act, though Spagnoli kindly walked his role on stage.

Information

Sylvia Schwartz - Fiorilla
Guido Loconsolo - Selim, Turkish Prince
Giorgio Caoduro - Prosdocimo, the poet
Pietro Spagnoli - Geronio, a Neapolitan gentleman
Pietro Adaini - Narciso
Cecilia Molinari - Zaida
Alvaro Zambrano - Albazar
Choir - Chorus of Bergen National Opera
Orchestra - Orchestra of Bergen National Opera
Composer - Gioachino Rossini
Libretto - Felice Romani
Music director - Domingo Hindoyan
Director - Mark Lamos
Sets - George Souglides
Lighting - Giuseppe Di Iorio
Costumes - George Souglides
Choreography - Sean Curran

Available until

14 May 2017 at 23h59 CET

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The Opera Platform presents Rossini - IL TURCO IN ITALIA from Bergen National Opera. Starting 11 May 2017 at 0h00 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.

Subtitles

This opera is a full-length performance offered in addition to our regular programme. Subtitles in six languages will not be provided.