5 December 2014 at 1.52pm | Comment on this article
Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s Royal Opera production of Rossini’s Il turco in Italia returns to Covent Garden in April 2015 with a star-studded cast including Aleksandra Kurzak, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Alessandro Corbelli and Thomas Allen.
'A husband is betrayed by his wife. When you're in that situation you suffer – but you can’t help laughing because of the way Rossini looks at it in a comical way, with a distance to show the ridiculous aspect of our suffering or obsessions,' says Patrice. 'In another opera, in some Verdi, this would be a tragic situation and would end in death.’
'It's an ode to sex,' says Moshe. 'It's about the madness of situations you get in when you're driven by desire.'
Moshe and Patrice's production is set in the 1960s: ‘We chose… the 1960s because it was the beginning of a certain freedom,’ says Patrice. It relates rather well to the freedom that there was in the 18th century.’
The duo are particularly excited to have Italian baritone Alessandro Corbelli performing in their production, singing the role of Don Geronio: ‘It’s always a great privilege to have Alessandro in your cast,' says Patrice. ‘He's a must-see; a genius of theatre.’
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The production receives generous support from Judith Portrait and The Friends of Covent Garden.