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IL TURCO IN ITALIA
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IL TURCO IN ITALIA

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
Dramma buffo in two acts
Libretto Felice Romani
Season 2023-24
Duration: 2h50
Incl. 1 intermission
10

Oriental dance at the foot of the volcano

Like his contemporaries, Gioacchino Rossini seemed to enjoy exoticism and travel, since after ‘taking’ an Italian girl to Algiers in 1813 at the request of Venice, he ‘invited’ a Turk to Italy in an opera buffa composed the following year for the Teatro alla Scala! But unlike his first Venetian successes (apart from L’italiana in Algeri: Il signor Bruschino, La scala di seta and above all Tancredi), it garnered scant applause. It was not until almost a century later that Italy took an interest in the work again, after the last performances in 1855: during a memorable reunion 1950 reuninon in Rome, marked by the presence of a certain… Maria Callas as Fiorilla. No matter! The work, which like Mozart’s Cosìfan tutte (performed shortly before the premiere on the same Milanese stage) “dances on a volcano” – both literally and figuratively, as librettist Felice Romani set the story near Naples, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius – is now appreciated at its true value: as one of the nuggets of the “new” buffa style, paving the way for masterpieces such as Il barbiere di Siviglia; just as Tancredi, freed from the lengthy recitatives of the seria tradition, heralded Cenerentola and Semiramide.

Luis Cansino
Selim
Salome Jicia
Donna Fiorilla
Michele Spotti
Conductor
Emilio Sagi
Director

First performance on 14 August 1814 at La Scala in Milan.
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen – und Musikverlag GmbH Publishers, Berlin – revision by Margaret Bent

 

Selim
Luis Cansino
Donna Fiorilla
Salome Jicia
Don Geronio
Giulio Mastrototaro
Don Narciso
Francisco Brito
Prosdocimo - Poeta
Mikhail Timoshenko
Zaida
Marion Jacquemet
Albazar
Pablo Plaza
Conductor
Michele Spotti
Director
Emilio Sagi
Set design
Daniel Bianco
Costumes
Pepa Ojanguren
Lighting
Eduardo Bravo
Director's assistant
Javier Ulacia

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