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Your Reaction: Il turco in Italia

What did you think of Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser's production of Rossini's comic opera?

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

12 April 2015 at 1.59pm | 7 Comments

Press reviews:
Telegraph ★★★★
Music OMH ★★★★
Guardian ★★★
Financial Times ★★★
What's On Stage ★★★

What did you think of Il turco in Italia?

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

12 April 2015 at 1.59pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, comments, Il turco in Italia, Production, Reviews, Social Media, twitter, your reaction

This article has 7 comments

  1. Dee Knapp responded on 12 April 2015 at 6:54pm Reply

    Great singing and acting from all the cast, the production was colourful and engaging. So enjoyable to see Corbelli and Allen still on top form and nice to hear the new young Jette Parker singers doing so well. Do not miss this opera it is fun, lively and a really feel good night out!

  2. Doug dickson responded on 12 April 2015 at 9:40pm Reply

    Brilliant production, classic alessandro corbelli his interpretation of the husband superb, well done to Evelino Pido for bring joy and happiness in equal measure. Men's chorus at the ball still making me smile.

  3. S.L. Binder responded on 13 April 2015 at 12:06pm Reply

    Wonderful singing by Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Thomas Allen, but the production in itself is rather cliché. We've all that seen before ...

  4. David O'Brien responded on 15 April 2015 at 9:59am Reply

    Excellent singing rescued a rather dismal staging. The directors seemed to have no faith in the comedy of the material in hand, resorting to getting the male chorus in drag (WHY?) the tenor sniffing a shoe (WHY?) mincing dancing reminiscent of the worst days of the D'Oyly Carte, and the Tenor ending up with a guy(WHY?) The only answer to all my questions seems to be to get a cheap laugh rather than work with the opera libretto itself. Luckily the performances were able to rise above this.Nevertheless, we deserve better.

  5. Rolastef responded on 20 April 2015 at 9:21am Reply

    It may not be the greatest Rossini opera but it was huge fun. We loved the production, especially the scene between Corbelli and D'Arcangelo, although it did go downhill later in the second half. The ballroom scene was embarrassingly bad. Corbelli stole the show – he really is a great comic bass – and it was good to see Thomas Allen back in fine form too.

  6. Lucy McCaul responded on 20 April 2015 at 4:52pm Reply

    I really enjoyed this production. I liked the semi abstract set, and the "play within a play" structure which the performers broke in and out of. Thomas Allen was brilliant as the poet and master manipulator and Kurzak sparkled as the flirty leading lady, though what she saw in any of her suitors is beyond me! The singing was excellent all round, with strong support from the chorus and actors (special mention must go to the put-upon owner of the trattoria!) Oh and I thought the stuffed cats were a great touch, no Italian scene would be complete without at least one sleeping feline!

  7. Anne and Andrew Davenport responded on 27 April 2015 at 3:38pm Reply

    What a romp! If this had been a film it could only have been 'Carry On Up the Italian Peninsula'! Superb singing and acting from all, plus Rossini's clever incorporation of (highly appropriate) brief musical references to 'Don Giovanni',redeemed a tawdry plotline.

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