L'Italiana in Algeri
Comic opera in two acts (1813)
Libretto by Angelo Anelli
In Italian with German surtitles
16 August 2021 - 7.30 p.m., Theater am Kornmarkt
approx. 2.5 hours (incl. intermission)
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Mustafa longs for a vivacious Italian girl. He is bored with his own wife, Elvira, and plans to marry her off to his favourite slave Lindoro, who was taken into captivity in Algiers years before. Lindoro, however, is still in love with Isabella, who has come in search of him. After running aground with her ship, she appears before Mustafa. Radiating self-confidence, she plots bold intrigues trying to free Lindoro …
When Gioachino Rossini created this sparkling comedy in no time, he was only 21 years old, hence even younger than the singers that Brigitte Fassbaender coaches in the Opera Studio. In her masterclass, the kammersängerin puts the emphasis on bel canto virtuosity. At the same time, following the great success of The Barber of Seville at the 2018 Bregenz Festival, she once again demonstrates her imaginative sense of humour as a stage director.
Together with her designer Dietrich von Grebmer, Brigitte Fassbaender sets the action on a yacht where the glamorous folk pursue their turbulent amorous adventures. The sea puts both Isabella and Lindoro in danger, but also allows them to find each other again.
Rossini’s flair for the ironic situation, his witty onomatopoeic effects, the inexhaustible inventiveness when it comes to fresh melodies, the bright and colourful orchestral sound, the vivacity and exuberance of L’italiana in Algeri show that the composer was already a master of the comic style when the opera buffa premiered in 1813.
Music director Jonathan Brandani
Stage director Brigitte Fassbaender
Stage | Costume Dietrich von Grebmer
Choreography Rosita Steinhauser
Lighting designer Dennis Scherf
Dramaturge Ingrid Lughofer