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Rossini: L'italiana Algeri / Goryachova, Shi, Esposito, Cossi, Encinar

Release Date: 08/26/2014 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: OA1141D  
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alex EspositoAnna GoryachovaYijie ShiMario Cassi
Conductor:  José Ramón Encinar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale ChorusBologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Gioachino Rossini

Isabella - Anna Goryachova
Mustafà - Alex Esposito
Lindoro - Yijie Shi
Taddeo - Mario Cass

Teatro Comunale di Bologna Chorus and Orchestra
José Ramón Encinar, conductor

Davide Livermore, stage director

Recorded live at the Pesaro Festival, August 2013

- The making of L’Italiana in Algeri
- Cast gallery

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
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Running time: 153 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

Pesaro’s new offering in 2013 was an off-the-wall production of Rossini’s popular comedy, ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’, presented as a Swinging Sixties, James Bond adventure, set in the desert oil fields of the North African coast. Davide Livermore’s gag-a-minute, helter-skelter romp followed an alarmingly life-like air-crash, which delivered the ‘Italian girl’ from Rome into the clutches of the local oil baron, Mustafa. All three lead singers (Alex Esposito as Mustafa, the high tenor Yijie Shi as the young lover Lindoro, and Anna Goryachova as the agile-voiced mezzo-soprano of the title role) thoroughly distinguished themselves – and the audience roared its approval of the evening’s entertainment.

Recorded live at the Pesaro Festival, August 2013

"Italian bass Alex Esposito commanded our full attention as Mustafà with strong, firm fioratura that raged magnificently when necessary. Mr Esposito in the prime of vocal estate, a spirited, charismatic actor of inextinguishable theatrical energy." Opera Today
"Anyone lucky enough to have seen last year’s ROF Ciro in Babilonia or the 2012 Demetrio e Polibio, will already know the wisdom and wit of Davide Livermore’s Rossini stagings. Here again, he is sure handed. Rossini would have adored it." Seen and Heard International
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Works on This Recording

L'italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alex Esposito (Bass), Anna Goryachova (Mezzo Soprano), Yijie Shi (Tenor),
Mario Cassi (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Ramón Encinar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 

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