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Gioachino Rossini (°1792, +1868)

Rossini wrote L’Italiana in Algeri in 1813, at the age of 21.
Followed, several years later, by Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Otello, La Cenerentola and others.
In a period of just 20 years, he composed 40 operas.
For the second time now, the Summer Opera has a Rossini opera on its programme.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia, also under the direction of Bruno Van Heystraeten, was performed in 2010.

L'Italiana in Algeri

Comic opera in two acts. Libretto by Angelo Anelli based on a text by Luigi Mosca. This opera was performed for the first time on 22 May 1813 in Venice.
New production by Alden Biesen Summer Opera..
Director Bruno Van Heystraeten presents this comic opera as a story within a story. .
He lets the audience become acquainted with an opera troupe that is busy rehearsing for the première of L’Italiana in Algeri..
It is a light-hearted, yet complex, story in which three men desire the same Italian woman. She sets about manipulating them all and ultimately triumphs. .
The score is demanding and requires great virtuosity from the singers as well as from the orchestra. Nerves are running high and in the ensuing chaos all kinds of intrigues develop backstage..
This is how we discover that the assistant director is love with the leading lady, the seamstress can barely get the whole troupe dressed, one of the leading actors has fallen ill, the set is not even close to ready on the evening before the première, several of the singers can't stand the sight of one another even though they must play the roles of lovers and so much more…And what seems to be? The relationships between the characters in the opera are oddly similar to the reality behind the scenes. .
With Director Bruno Van Heystraeten, Conductor Cameron Burns, Set Designer Marnik Baert, Costume Designer Hilde Colaers and a top cast, the Summer Opera has assembled a creative dream team that is sure to deliver a superb musical performance, not to mention an extremely entertaining comic opera. .
Once again, a not-to-be-missed opera experience in the extraordinary surroundings of the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen..
Libretto in Italian, surtitles in Dutch.

Synopsis

Act One

The palace of Mustafa in Algiers
Elvira regrets that her husband Mustafa no longer loves her. In fact, he wants to ‘pass her along’ to his Italian slave, Lindoro.
Mustafa wants a new wife, and this time he wants an Italian one.
Meanwhile, a ship is wrecked at sea during a storm, but the passengers, amongst whom are Isabella (Lindoro's love) and her admirer Taddeo, make it safely back to land.
They are taken prisoner and sent to the palace.
Mustafa is in seventh heaven when he hears that one of the prisoners is an Italian woman!
He calls Isabella to a large hall. He is impressed with her beauty, but the feeling is far from mutual.
When Lindoro and Elvira enter to say farewell, Lindoro and Isabella are astonished to suddenly be standing face-to-face. Isabella asks about Elvira and learns that she is Mustafa's ex and that she is going to marry Lindoro. Isabella is dismayed and puts Mustafa in his place.

Act Two

When Isabella and Lindoro are alone, he explains that he was never planning on marrying Elvira, and they both decide to escape together. They devise a way to escape the palace.
Lindoro tells Mustafa that if he wants Isabella, he must go and join the 'pappataci' (good family men who hear, see and speak no evil).
In her apartment, Isabella picks out the slaves who will ‘play’ pappataci in the ceremony. These are the ones she will ultimately lead to their freedom.
The ceremony begins, and Mustafa is delighted with his new title. Isabella explains his new duties. He must take an oath of eating, drinking and remaining silent. Then, this oath must be carried out, so, of course, much drinking ensues.
A European ship is moored next to the palace, and the time for escape arrives. When Mustafa awakes from his stupor, he sees that he has been misled.
He calls his guards, but they are all too drunk to be roused. The Italians wave good-bye, and Mustafa asks Elvira for forgiveness.
No more Italian women for him!

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Creative Team:
Bruno Van Heystraeten

Director L'Italiana

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Cameron Burns

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Paolo Spadaro

Dirigent
Op 16, 19, 20, 21 en 22 juni.

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Cast:
Emilio Marcucci

Mustafa

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Hanne Roos

Elvira

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Anna Hybiner

Zulma

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Kris Belligh

Haly

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Jannes Mönninghoff

Lindoro

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João Terleira

Lindoro

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Nuška Draš?ek Rojko

Isabella

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Damon Nestor Ploumis

Taddeo

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Camilla Bull

Zulma

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Wouter Vermeiren

Kenny, the stagemanager

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