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 some years before. Lindoro, however, is still in love with Isabella, who has come to find him. After running aground with her ship, she is brought to Mustafa. Radiating with self-confidence, she schemes daring intrigues in an attempt to free Lindoro.
Rossini’s feel for situational comic and witty onomatopoeic effects, his inexhaustible inventiveness when it comes to fresh melodies and cheerful and colourful orchestral sounds: the vivacity and exuberance of L’italiana in Algeri show that the composer was already a Master of comedy when the opera buffa premiered in 1813.
When Gioachino Rossini creates this original comedy within a short period of time, he is only 21 years old, hence even younger than the singers of the Opera Studio coached by Kammersängerin (honorary title) Brigitte Fassbaender. Following the great success of The Barber of Seville at the 2018 Bregenz Festival, she will once again demonstrate her imaginative sense of humour.
Together with stage designer Dietrich von Grebmer, Brigitte Fassbaender sets the action on a yacht where the extravagant group pursues their turbulent amorous adventures. Originally planned for 2021, the young ensemble of the Opera Studio will set the stage for an exceptional summer with Rossini’s classic.
Mustafa Alberto Comes
Elvira Sarah Yang
Zulma Ekaterina Chayka-Rubinstein
Haly Hubert Kowalczky
Lindoro Spencer Britten
Isabella Maria Barakova
Taddeo Pierpaolo Martella
Musical Director Jonathan Brandani
Stage Director Brigitte Fassbaender
Stage Designer | Costume Designer Dietrich von Grebmer
Choreographer Rosita Steinhauser
Lighting Designer Dennis Scherf