Il Turco In Italia
Il turco in Italia is one of Rossini's wittiest but most neglected works. It is full of ingenious and freshly composed invention. It is Rossini's first collaboration with Felice Romani - Bellini's librettist - on this opera and Romani understood perfectly Rossini's love of pastiche and parody. Sparkling if not scintillating, the production of Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), which opened Saturday night at the LA Opera, will mark a welcome introduction to Gioacchino Rossini's. IL TURCO IN ITALIA. WOLF TRAP OPERA. Directed with panache and some cheeky PG-13 shtick by Gregory Keller and featuring a vivid look from Erhard Rom (scenery) and Alejo Vietti (costumes), he has the characters living 'La Dolce Vita.' -The Baltimore Sun. Wolf Trap’s “Il Turco” shines in Vienna-The Washington Times.
Rossini. / Maria Callas, Coro. E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano., Gianandrea Gavazzeni - Il Turco In Italia (Act 1) (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969) (CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM, Car) EMI Classics, EMI Classics: 0946 3 95939 2 7, 3 95939 2: UK & Europe: 2007: Sell This Version. Il Turco in Italia was commissioned by the famed La Scala in Milan for the autumn season of 1814. Although only 22 at the time of composition, Gioacchino Rossini was already esteemed as an operatic composer (having scored hits with several opere buffe as well as grander, more serious works such as Tancredi), and the success of his L'italiana in Algeri the year before spurred him to write a.
Review by: Robert Levine
Fiorilla was one of two comic roles in Maria Callas’ repertoire, the other being Rossini’s Rosina. Il Turco is a strange work, witty and wry rather than zany, and very literary. Most of the score’s highlights are ensembles, and you might imagine that Callas could overpower her co-stars in such a situation. But the opposite is true despite her unique timbre that always shines through. She’s in great voice in this 1954 recording, absolutely secure throughout her range, and her impeccable rhythmic sense makes her work in the tricky, sometimes off-the-beat ensembles ideal. She turns out to be a team player par excellence. The role is of a headstrong, sassy woman who loves the attention men give her, and she loves playing one off against the other. Callas uses a girlish tone when being seductive but puts some iron into it when she has to make a point. Bass Nicola Rossi-Lemeni plays the Turk Callas plays games with, and he’s as expressive and fluid as she is. The rest of the cast is equally good. There have been better (and more complete) recordings since, but Callas is in a class by herself, and this is utterly charming.
Recording Details:Reference Recording: Sumi Jo/Marriner (Philips)
Il Turco In Italia Arias
- Maria Callas (soprano)
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Franco Calabrese (bass)
Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
Mariano Stabile (baritone)
- Gavazzeni, Gianandrea (conductor)
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