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.
- Riccardo Frizza
- Stage director
- Vittorio Borrelli
- Set design
- Claudia Boasso
- Santuzza Calì
- Andrea Anfossi
- Director Assistant
- Leo Castaldi
- Costumes Assistant
- Paola Tosti
- Lighting Assistant
- Vladi Spigarolo
- Fondazione Teatro Regio di Torino
- Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
- Chorus director
- Conxita Garcia
- Kai Gleusteen
- Musical director assistant
- Massimo Spadano
- Musical assistants
- Véronique Werklé, Rodrigo de Vera, Daniela Pellegrino and Jaume Tribó
- Costumes made at the costume shop of the Teatro Massimo Foundation of Palermo
|Mustafà||Luca Pisaroni||13th,15th,18th,21th December|
|Simón Orfila||14th,17th,19th,22th,23th December|
|Lindoro||Maxim Mironov||13th,15th,18th,21th,23th December|
|Edgardo Rocha||14th,17th,19th,22th December|
|Isabella||Varduhi Abrahamyan||13th,15th,18th,21th,23th December|
|Maite Beaumont||14th,17th,19th,22th December|
|Taddeo||Giorgio Caoduro||13th,15th,18th,21th,23th December|
|Manel Esteve||14th,17th,19th,22th December|
|13||Thursday||20:00||Turn B||Fee 4|
|14||Friday||20:00||Turn E||Fee 3|
|15||Saturday||20:00||Turn C||Fee 3|
|17||Monday||20:00||Turn A||Fee 4|
|18||Tuesday||20:00||Turn H||Fee 5|
|19||Wednesday||20:00||Turn D||Fee 5|
|21||Friday||20:00||Turn G||AD||Fee 4|
|22||Saturday||18:00||Turn F||Fee 3|
|23||Sunday||17:00||Turn T||Fee 4|
First act 1h 11m
Second act 1h 14m
Approximate running time 3h
Luca Pisaroni, Sara Blanch, Lidia Vinyes-Curtis, Toni Marsol, Maxim Mironov, Varduhi Abrahamyan i Giorgio Caoduro (Ⓒ A. Bofill)
Information of Interest
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.