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Work: L'italiana in Algeri

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ComposerRossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)
PeriodRomantic
LibrettistAngello Anelli
Year1813
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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MarseilleL'Italienne à Alger

Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli; Nicola Berloffa; Opéra de Marseille; Rifail Ajdarpasic; Silvia Tro Santafé; Philippe Talbot; Mirco Palazzi
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Camels and comic capers in Algiers: Italiana in Salzburg

José Coca Loza (Haly), Cecilia Bartoli (Isabella) and Alessandro Corbelli (Taddeo) © Monika Rittershaus
Cecilia Bartoli is joined by frequent collaborators Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier in a fun-filled Rossini farce full of Italian sunshine. Big grins all round. 
*****
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L’italiana in Algeri at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

Rachel Kelly (Isabella) and Leonardo Galeazzi (Mustafa) © Frances Marshall
Rachel Kelly shines in a mixed production at Lismore Castle. 
***11
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An Italian Girl full of exuberance at the Met

A winning ensemble of singers led by James Levine makes the revival of Rossini’s early opera a success.
****1
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Faux orientalism meets La dolce vita

The away leg of Rossini's “Italian girl - Turkish guy” fixture makes for a thoroughly enjoyable evening at Garsington, without ever quite bursting into flame.
***11
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Ponnelle's L'italiana in Algeri with a veteran cast at the Vienna Staatsoper

In a city where the Vienna State Opera ball is considered the climax of the carnival season and where the local news would lend itself to great libretti (were operetta still in fashion), it is not too surprising that music and theatre performances occasionally mirror the headlines.
***11
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