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.


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


Michele Pertusi (30 June; 1, 5, 7, 11, 14 July)
Simon Lim (9, 13 July)
Pretty Yende (30 June; 7, 9, 11, 14 July)
Linda Jung (1, 5, 13 July)
Valeria Tornatore (30 June; 5, 7, 11, 14 July)
Kleopatra Papathelogou (1, 9, 13 July)
Filippo Polinelli (30 June; 5, 7, 11, 14 July)
Valeri Turmanov (1, 9, 13 July)
Lawrence Brownlee (30 June; 5, 11, 14 July)
Enrico Iviglia (1, 7, 9, 13 July)
Anita Rachvelishvili (30 June; 5, 7, 11, 14 July)
Silvia Tro Santafé (1, 9, 13 July)
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
Teatro alla Scala