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.