Rossini - L'Italiana in Algeri (José Ramón Encinar) (2014)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.59 Gb (DVD9) | 153 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Korean
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.