Rossini - L’Italiana in Algeri (Blu-ray)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OABD7148D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th July 2014
Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
ConductorJose Ramon Encinar
Pesaro’s new offering in 2013 was an off-the-wall production of Rossini’s popular comedy ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’, presented as a Swinging Sixties, James Bond adventure, set in the desert oil fields of the North African coast.
Davide Livermore’s gag-a-minute, helter-skelter romp followed an alarmingly life-like air-crash, which delivered the ‘Italian girl’ from Rome into the clutches of the local oil baron, Mustafa. All three lead singers (Alex Esposito as Mustafa, the high tenor Yijie Shi as the young lover Lindoro, and Anna Goryachova as the agile-voiced mezzo-soprano of the title role) thoroughly distinguished themselves – and the audience roared its approval of the evening’s entertainment.
- Isabella: Anna Goryachova
- Mustafŕ: Alex Esposito
- Lindoro: Yijie Shi
- Taddeo: Mario Cassi
Director: Davide Livermore
Recorded live at the Pesaro Festival, August 2013
"Italian bass Alex Esposito commanded our full attention as Mustafŕ with strong, firm fioratura that raged magnificently when necessary. Mr Esposito in the prime of vocal estate, a spirited, charismatic actor of inextinguishable theatrical energy." - Opera Today
"Anyone lucky enough to have seen last year’s ROF Ciro in Babilonia or the 2012 Demetrio e Polibio, will already know the wisdom and wit of Davide Livermore’s Rossini stagings. Here again, he is sure handed. Rossini would have adored it." - Seen and Heard International
Running time: 153 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
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