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    L’Italiana in Algeri

    Gioachino Rossini

    This foray into the exotic East is an entertainment dished up with humour and virtuosity by the music of a young Rossini

    Margarita Gritskova
    Margarita Gritskova © Michael Pohn
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi © Marco Borggreve

    Margarita Gritskova Isabella
    Veronica Cangemi Elvira
    Peter Kálmán Mustafà
    Maxim Mironov Lindoro
    Christian Senn Taddeo
    Rosa Bove Zulma
    Victor Sicard Haly

    Jean-Christophe Spinosi direction
    Ensemble Matheus
    Choeur de chambre Mélisme(s)
    direction Gildas Pungier

    Sung in Italian with French and English subtitles

    In the late 17th century, theatre and music alike began to show a keen taste for the East and an imaginary vision of its exoticism. Molière’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme was promoted to the rank of “Grand Mamamouchi” and Mozart entered a seraglio worthy of The Arabian Nights. The young Rossini also depicted the allure of an imaginary East in his Italian Girl. This work is one of his most exquisite successes, and the dizzying virtuosity of his writing for voices and orchestra offers a heady mix for the senses. The energy of Jean-Christophe Spinosi, who has recently proved his mettle with his performances of several works by the Swan of Pesaro, should certainly do it justice.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées