New Il Turco in Italia Opens at Covent Garden

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A new production of Rossini's Il Turco in Italia starring mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli opens at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden tonight.

The production is directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, with sets by Christian Fenouillat, costumes by Agostino Cavalca, and lighting by Christophe Forey. Adam Fischer conducts.

"Because this piece is not realistic," Leiser told What's on in London, "it gives us a freedom of approach, and we want to pay a tribute to the Italy we love and to that master of film, Federico Fellini. There's a certain nostalgia, a sense of fantasy and references to the world of childhood, while the strong colors in the sets and costumes have an energy that matches the vitality of the music."

Baritone Thomas Allen sings the role of Prosdocimo, the poet seeking inspiration for his comedy, for the first time; Bartoli is Fiorilla.

The production, which runs through June 11, also features Ildebrando d'Arcangelo as Selim, Alessandro Corbelli as Don Geronio, Barry Banks as Don Narciso, Heather Shipp as Zaida, and James Edwards as Albazar.

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