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Teatro alla Scala Discovers Maria Callas’ ‘Il Turco in Italia’ Costume


The Teatro alla Scala has found a costume Maria Callas wore in a production of “Il Turco in Italia.” The company, which is celebrating the soprano’s centenary, noted that while preparing material for the digitization of historical costumes, the manager of the costume warehouse found an unnamed pink lace dressing gown in a box containing generic material from “Il Turco {…}


Opernhaus Zürich Announces Cast Change for ‘Il Turco in Italia’


(Credit: Victor Santiago) Olga Peretaytako has canceled her second performance of “Il Turco in Italia” at the Opernhaus Zürich. The soprano took to social media and said, “Dear friends and music lovers, I regret to inform you that, due to this illness, I will not be able to perform tomorrow. This flu has proven to be stronger than expected, and {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Real de Madrid 2022-23 Review: Il Turco in Italia (Cast B)


Spanish soprano Sabina Puértolas was scheduled to perform a single show of “Il Turco in Italia” on June 2, 2023, with cast A, but because of the cancellation of soprano Lisette Oropesa, she wound up singing back-to-back performances on June 1 and 2. Struggling Singers She has a lirico-leggera voice, marked vibrato, modest volume but a present middle register. The {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Real de Madrid 2022-23 Review: Il Turco in Italia


The Spanish opera coliseum presented a new production of Rossini’s opera buffa, “Il turco in Italia,” signed by Laurent Pelly. There were two different casts and three different sopranos for the leading role, performing in the ten performances planned. But superstar Lisette Oropesa, was sick and had to cancel opening night. In this case, the fantastic Spanish soprano, Sara Blanch, {…}


Arte to Stream Teatro Real de Madrid’s ‘Il Turco in Italia’


Arte is set to present a transmission of Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” from the Teatro Real de Madrid on Friday, June 9, 2023. The opera will star Alex Esposito (Selim), Misha Kiria (Don Geronio), Edgardo Rocha (Don Narciso), Florian Sempey (Prosdocimo Poet), Paola Gardina (Zaida) and Pablo García-López (Albazar). Also in the cast will be Lisette Oropesa taking on {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Laurent Pelly on ‘Il Turco in Italia’ at the Teatro Real de Madrid & Why He Prefers Comedies to Tragedies


French stage director Laurent Pelly is one of the most prolific and renowned stage directors today. Many of his productions are still being performed after premiering 20 years ago. He is a specialist in French repertoire and comedy. He also designs the costumes of his creations. His productions can be seen all over the world from Japan and Europe to {…}


Lisette Oropesa Cancels Opening of ‘Il Turco in Italia’ in Madrid


(Credit: Steven Harris) Lisette Oropesa has canceled her first performance of Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” due to illness. The soprano took to social media and said, “Dear friends, I’m so very sorry to share that I’ve come down with a case of the flu which prevents me from singing the premiere of ‘Il Turco in Italia’ here in Madrid {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa 2021 -2022 Review: Il Turco In Italia


(Credit: Teatro Carlo Felice) In 2021 the Teatro Carlo Felice Genova Foundation, under the artistic direction of Francesco Meli, launched its Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento, a course aimed at perfecting and consolidating the skills of young professional singers, with lessons in vocal technique, musical interpretation, and theatrical art, under the guidance of internationally renowned artists, which culminated in the opportunity {…}


Sesto Quatrini Leads Teatro Carlo Felice’s ‘Il Turco in Italia’


The Teatro Carlo Felice is set to present Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” with Sesto Quatrini conducting.  Quatrini noted that the “Genoese production we have chosen specifically to highlight the three levels of interpretation as much as possible, with a light-handed approach…the variations and cadenzas for the soloists and the embellishments for the orchestra solos were composed specially for this {…}