For the festive season: slyness and sex appeal in this amusing comedy by Rossini starring Varduhi Abrahamyan and Luca Pisaroni

L’italiana in Algeri espouses the cause of women's rights through the resourceful way its protagonist, Isabella, deals with the coarse Mustafà. Rossini was only 21 when he triumphed with this two-act farce, which consolidated his personal style and his status as the rightful heir of 18th-century opera buffa. Great arias and dazzling ensembles – like the one punctuated by onomatopoeia at the end of the first act – are just a few of the gourmet dishes on this hilarious Rossini menu. It has been 36 years since L’italiana in Algeri was last seen at the Liceu.

Riccardo Frizza will be back in the orchestra pit with an entire cast of specialists in this style of opera on the stage. The bright colours of director Vittorio Borrelli's mise-en-scène are very much in keeping with the imaginative spirit of Rossini's sparkling music.

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L'italiana in Algeri

Dramma giocoso in two acts. Libretto by Angelo Anelli. World premiere: 22/05/1813 at the San Benedetto Theatre in Venice. First Barcelona performance: 29/08/1815 at the Teatre de la Santa Creu. First Liceu performance: 23/12/1869. Last Liceu performance: 18/12/1982. Number of Liceu performances: 13.

December 2018

13Thursday20:00Turn BFee 4
14Friday20:00Turn EFee 3
15Saturday20:00Turn CFee 3
17Monday20:00Turn AFee 4
18Tuesday20:00Turn HFee 5
19Wednesday20:00Turn DFee 5
21Friday20:00Turn GADFee 4
22Saturday18:00Turn FFee 3
23Sunday17:00Turn TFee 4

First act 1h 11m
Interval 30m
Second act 1h 14m

Approximate running time 3h

Programa de mà

Vittorio Borrelli, director d´escena de l'obra rossiniana, ens desvetlla en aquest programa els detalls d'un muntatge viu i colorit. Arturo Reverter, per la seva part, ens parlarà sobre les característiques de la vocalitat de l'obra i, si voleu saber quina és la millor selecció discogràfica que haurieu d'escoltar, deixeu-vos aconsellar pel crític musical Roger Alier.

Compra ara

Information of Interest


Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.


L'italiana in Algeri live in cinemas from the  Gran Teatre del Liceu
Tuesday 18 December at 7.45pm (CET)
List of cinemas

Reasons why you shouldn't miss L'italiana in Algeri

  • One of Gioacchino Rossini's most entertaining operas is back at the Liceu.
  • An orgy of onomatopoeia.
  • A great comic opera.
  • Rossini sung by the finest voices.
  • An opera for the most discriminating of Rossini gourmets.