Gioachino Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri

Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier (stage directors), Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor) — With Cecilia Bartoli (Isabella) and Ildar Abdrazakov (Mustafà)

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Moshe Leiser — Stage director

Patrice Caurier — Stage director

Christian Fenouillat — Set designer

Agostino Cavalca — Costume designer

Christophe Forey — Lighting

Étienne Guiol — Video

Cecilia Bartoli — Isabella

Ildar Abdrazakov — Mustafà

Edgardo Rocha — Lindoro

Alessandro Corbelli — Taddeo

José Coca Loza — Haly

Rebeca Olvera — Elvira

Rosa Bove — Zulma

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Ensemble Matheus

Program notes

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gioachino Rossini’s death, directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier staged one of his operas, L’Italiana in Algeri, as part of the 2018 Salzburg Festival! The story centers on the Bey of Algiers, Mustafà, who—bored in his marriage—pursues a love affair with a beautiful Italian woman. However, the woman he loves turns out to be enamored with his slave Lindoro…

Amid the vibrant sets by Christian Fenouillat, the dynamic Cecilia Bartoli excels as usual with her magnificent voice, spirited acting, and inimitable stage presence, imbuing Isabella with strength and independence. Celebrated bass Ildar Abdrazakov is particularly comical as Mustafà, while tenor Edgardo Rocha—in the role of Isabella’s lover Lindoro—delivers a beautifully expressive performance. You’ll understand why the enraptured audience demands an encore after the show’s grand finale…

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