This production of Gioachino Rossini's L'Italiana In Algeri features Alex Esposito and Mariangela Sicilia in major roles and was directed for the stage by David Livermore.
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Delightful performance of Rossini’s L’Italiana In Algeria! This DVD features a 1960’s themed production of “L’Italiana In Algeria” from the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, featuring Yijie Shi as Lindoro, Anna Goryachova as Isabella, and Alex Esposito as Mustafa. A traditional production of this opera is usually quite funny, but this one is particularly entertaining. Instead of a ship wreck stranding the principals, some Monty Python-esque animation starts off the piece and a plane crash (with an airplane door falling from the sky!) results in Isabella being stranded in Algeria. The costumes are pure mod 1960’s, and the sets clearly evocative of the stereotypical “looking back fondly” feel associated with that time. What is particularly noteworthy about this production, though, are the vocal and physical skills displayed by the cast. Yijie Shi sings beautifully, and Anna Goryachova is agile, adaptable, and clearly having fun on stage both vocally and in some particularly delightful costumes. Alex Esposito’s Mustafa is a treat to watch, as he chews up the scenery with Anna, the interplay between the two being both funny and a touch sweet as Anna’s Isabella does what is necessary to convince Mustafa that he really should go back to his wife and treasure her. Jose Ramon Encinar does a fine job conducting the orchestra, and they do a wonderful job bringing Rossini’s score to life. While there are parts of the production that seem a little “hokey”, that is also part of the charm of this particular experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this from the initial video-screen based animation, to the cleverly designed rotating set (also featuring a large video projected surface), to the helicopter ladder escape during the Pappataci sequence at the end of the second act. The extra “Making Of” feature is definitely worth watching, as it gives some background into this particular production itself, as well as a sense of the individual performers. This is quite simply a fun, vocally satisfying performance, and the Blu-Ray quality of the recording enhances both the audio and the delightful costume work. Recommended!