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Wiener Staatsoper Announces Cast Change for ‘Il Turco in Italia’


The Wiener Staatsoper has announced a cast change for its production of “Il Turco in Italia.” The company noted that Ildebrando D’Arcangelo will replace Ildar Abdrazakov in the role of Selim. Additionally, Abdrazakov will no longer sing in the Rossini-Gala on July 8. This is the latest cancelation for Abdrazakov as early this year announced he would cancel his role debut {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Opéra de Monte-Carlo 2021-22 Review: ‘Il Turco in Italia’


(Credit: Alain Hanel) The new production of Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo was a symbolic bridge between the present and future of this illustrious opera house. The production’s stage director was Jean-Louis Grinda, who for the past fifteen years has also served as Director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, while the show’s prima donna was {…}


Opéra de Monte-Carlo Announces Cast Change for ‘Il Turco in Italia’


The Opéra de Monte-Carlo has announced a cast change for its upcoming production of “Il Turco in Italia.” The company noted that Ildar Abrazakov has withdrawn from the production due to personal reasons. In his stead, audiences will hear Adrian Sâmpetrean in the role of Selim for all performances scheduled between Jan. 21 and 27, 2022 (a total of four {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Glyndebourne Festival 2021 Review: ‘Il turco in Italia’


Rossini’s operatic world is a crossroads of things: the formal conventions of arias, duets, cavatina, patter number, the stock characters of the Commedia dell’arte, a hotchpotch of contemporary patriarchal and orientalist stereotypes, and reheated scenarios from various librettists. How do modern audiences, relatively unmoored from this world, connect with these shows? A Brilliant Production In this new production of “Il {…}


Glyndebourne Announces New Conductor for ‘Il Turco in Italia’


(Credit: Fabrizio-Sansoni) Glyndebourne has announced a major change for its upcoming production of “Il Turco in Italia.” The Rossini opera will now be conducted by Sesto Quatrini, who will make both his Glyndebourne and UK debuts. The conductor will replace Giancarlo Andretta, who is unable to conduct due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions relating to international travel to the UK. Quatrini, {…}


Julie Fuchs, Paolo Bordogna, Ruzil Gatin & Marko Mimica Headline Teatro San Carlo’s ‘Il Turco in Italia’


The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli has announced it will be streaming Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia.” Marko Mimica, Julie Fuchs, Ruzil Gatin, and Paolo Bordogna will headline a concert performance on the company’s new streaming channel. Carlo Montanaro will conduct the opera buffa which will also star Alessandro Luongo, Gaia Petrone, and Filippo Adami. The new concert performance comes after {…}


Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège Cancels ‘Il Turco in Italia’ & ‘Ursule et Hirsute’


(Credit: Wallonia Belgium Tourism website) Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège has announced the cancelation of its production of Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia,” which was scheduled for performance between Jan. 29 and Feb. 6 2021. The showcase was canceled due to COVID-19 measures imposed by the government of Belgium. The opera was set to star Guido Loconsolo as Selim, Nino Machaidze {…}


ABAO Bilbao Ópera Adds New Performances to ‘Il Turco in Italia’


ABAO Bilbao Ópera has announced that it has added more performances to its production of Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” due to new government regulations. New government restrictions announced on Oct. 17, 2020, and pending publication of the order stated that theaters could only present operas with a maximum seating capacity of 400 audience members. This reduction from a previous {…}