Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)

Il Turco in Italia

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Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868) Il Turco in Italia

Dramma buffo in two acts on a libretto by Felice Romani
Created on 14 August 1814 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan

Musical directionMarc Minkowski
Stage directionChristopher Alden
Stage designAndrew Lieberman
CostumesKaye Voyce
LightAdam Silverman
  
 STAGE DIRECTION ASSISTANT Vincent Huguet* CHOREOGRAPHY ADVISOR, STAGE DIRECTION ASSISTANT Jean-François Kessler
MUSICAL ASSISTANT Pierre Dumoussaud
VOCAL COACH – CONTINUO Francesco Corti
VOCAL COACH – ITALIAN TUTOR Roberta Ferrari
SET ASSISTANTS Blanca Añón, Aurélie Maestre
COSTUMES ASSISTANT Clémence Pernoud*
  
SelimAdrian Sâmpetrean
FiorillaOlga Peretyatko*
Don GeronioAlessandro Corbelli
NarcisoLawrence Brownlee
ProsdocimoPietro Spagnoli
ZaidaCecelia Hall
AlbazarJuan Sancho
  
ChorusEnsemble vocal Aedes
  
OrchestraLes Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
  
Continuo harpsichordOlivier Fortin

Production / Coproduction
New production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
In coproduction with the Opéra de Dijon and the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera, Teatro Regio Torino

In the second act, the racy little duet ‘D’un bel uso di Turchia’, in
the course of which the young Turk bluntly puts it to the husband
that he should sell his wife to him, is just as delightful as the earlier
duet from Act 1. The text provided such an idea foil for Rossini’s
own sense of humour that he could not help but give it a perfect dramatic
setting in music. It is impossible to imagine a more effective combination
of lightness, merriment and that brilliant gracefulness, of which
the ‘Swan of Pesaro’ may claim to be the undisputed master. […] It is like the arabesques
of Raphaël in the loggias of the Vatican.

Stendhal, The life of Rossini (1824)

In the bright sunlight of opera buffa a good-looking Turkish prince (with an agile bass voice) lands on the coast of Naples looking for amorous adventures. In no time at all he meets a vivacious Italian girl (a coquettish virtuoso soprano), who is accustomed to flitting between admirers, much to the displeasure of her elderly husband. This little group carries on its flirtations, rivalries and quarrels under the eyes of the poet Prosdocimo, to his great delight, as this author in search of characters has, as it happens, been seeking inspiration for a play. He even influences the actions of these tragi-comic figures, lending a quasi-Pirandellian dimension to Gioacchino Rossini’s zaniest but also most subtle opera.

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*Former artists of the Académie européenne de musique

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Information

Dates

On 4, 9, 11, 13, 15, 19, 22 July 2014 at 9:30pm

Prices

Prices: 250€, 165€, 115€, 55€, 30€

Youth price: 15€

Discovery offer for children on 15 and 22 July

Performance available within individual Premium and Prestige packages and subscription

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2h50 interval included

Performance available in simultaneous description on 15 July

Performance in Italian with French and English surtitles

Streaming

Live streamed on Arte Concert and on Medici.tv on 11 July

Radio broadcast

Live broadcast on 11 July on Radio Classique

Il Turco in Italia

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