Opera by Rossini
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Theatro São Pedro can be considered the best opera theater in town. Unfortunately, there's rumours it might be closed due to budget cuts. For this reason,
let's try to help this hidden treasure.
L'italiana in Algiers by Rossini will be performed by ORTHESP and conducted by Valentina Peleggi.
The plot is simple. An Algerian Mustafa has grown tired of his wife, Elvira, and wants one of those lively Italian ladies. He’s threatening his aide, Haly, with impalement if he doesn’t deliver. Fortunately one such woman, Isabella, is just then conveniently ship wrecked. She’s accompanied by her current older beau, Taddeo. To avoid being impaled, he reluctantly agrees to Isabella’s scheme and pretends that he’s her uncle. Isabella discovers that her lost love, Lindoro, is actually a slave to the Mustafa and they plot to set things to rights. After much lovely singing and silliness the Mustafa stays with his wife, Isabella and Lindoro with Taddeo sail off and no one gets impaled.
It could have been just a fine buffa comedy, but Rossini brought in some more lyrical elements from the opera seria style. He artfully uses them to bring out the character of his hero and heroine and to engage our sympathies.
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