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L'italiana in Algeri

Gioachino Rossini

Academy Project
Staging of the Teatro alla Scala

From 30 June to 14 July 2011

Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
La bella Italiana venuta in Algeri
Insegna agli amanti gelosi ed alteri,
Che a tutti, se vuole, la donna la fa.


The beautiful Italian girl who came to Algiers
Taught jealous and haughty lovers
That a woman, if she wishes, can fool any man.


There is little doubt that Rossini had already departed from notions of women as the weaker sex in his L’italiana in Algeri. It tells the story of Isabella who, taken prisoner by Algerian corsairs and destined for the harem of the Bey of Algiers, successfully engages in widespread dupery and escapes with her lover.

Between the comedy and the trickery, Rossini brings a light-hearted touch to delicate and contemporary subjects, which Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s high-spirited and much-loved production continues to portray with verve. It is the ideal showcase for a cast featuring the excellent students of the La Scala Accademia and noted Rossini singers, including Anita Rachvelishvili, who returns to La Scala after her success in Carmen. Antonello Allemandi conducts in his La Scala debut.

DIRECTION 

Conductor
Antonello Allemandi
Staging, sets and costumes
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Staging revival
Lorenza Cantini

Cast 

Mustafà
Michele Pertusi (30 June; 1, 5, 7, 11, 14 July)
Simon Lim (9, 13 July)
Elvira
Pretty Yende (30 June; 7, 9, 11, 14 July)
Linda Jung (1, 5, 13 July)
Zulma
Valeria Tornatore (30 June; 5, 7, 11, 14 July)
Kleopatra Papathelogou (1, 9, 13 July)
Haly
Filippo Polinelli (30 June; 5, 7, 11, 14 July)
Valeri Turmanov (1, 9, 13 July)
Lindoro
Lawrence Brownlee (30 June; 5, 11, 14 July)
Enrico Iviglia (1, 7, 9, 13 July)
Isabella
Anita Rachvelishvili (30 June; 5, 7, 11, 14 July)
Silvia Tro Santafé (1, 9, 13 July)
Taddeo
Vincenzo Taormina (30 June; 5, 7, 11, 14 July)
Filippo Fontana (1, 9, 13 July)
In collaboration with Teatro alla Scala Academy for Performing Arts
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