Mustafa longs to have 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 in search of him. After running aground with her ship, she is brought to Mustafa. Radiating self-confidence, she employs daring intrigues to try and free Lindoro …
When Gioachino Rossini created this sparkling comedy in the shortest time, he was only 21 years old, hence even younger than the singers that Brigitte Fassbaender will be coaching in the Opera Studio. In her masterclass the kammersängerin will put the emphasis on bel canto virtuosity, while as the stage director she will once again give a demonstration of her imaginative sense of humour following the great success of The Barber of Seville at the 2018 Bregenz Festival.
Together with her designer Dietrich von Grebmer, Brigitte Fassbaender sets the action on a yacht where 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 Algieri show the composer was already a master of the comic style when the opera buffa was premiered in 1813.
Conductor Jonathan Brandani
Stage Director Brigitte Fassbaender
Stage | Costume | Lighting designer Dietrich von Grebmer
Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra