Il turco in Italia
Zurich Opera 2002
Opera Buffa in two acts
Libretto by Felice Romani, after Mazzolà
Chorus, Orchestra and Supernumerary Association of the Opera House Zurich,
Producer: Cesare Lievi
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
Menu Languages: D, F, GB, JP, SP
Subtitle Languages: D, F, GB, JP, SP
Region Code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 137 mins
DVD 9/ NTSC
Cat no.: 100 369
Arthaus brings you a truly outstanding production of Il turco in Italia, released
in high quality digipack packaging.
Il turco in Italia is one of Rossini's wittiest but most neglected works. It
is full of ingenious and freshly composed invention. It is Rossini's first collaboration
with Felice Romani - Bellini's librettist - on this opera and Romani understood
perfectly Rossini's love of pastiche and parody. He provided a commedia dell'
arte scenario that gave Rossini plenty of opportunity to mock traditions he
had helped to cultivate in the first place. The plot of Il turco is delightfully
salcious and among the many jewels in the score, the duet for Geronio and Selim,
in which the Turk tries to persuade the ageing husband to sell his wife to him,
is widely considered one of the composer's masterpieces.
Cecilia Bartoli has been heralded as the most exciting, accomplished
and beautiful Rossini singer to appear in the modern era, remarkably similar
in range, presence and temperament to Rossini's great love, the fiery Spanish
soprano Isabella Colbran. The flirtatious, high-spirited and beguiling young
wife is a perfect role for such a vivacious and expressive singer like Bartoli.
A strong cast will also feature two of today's most accomplished basses, both
known for their dramatic abilities - Ruggero Raimondi as Selim, the Turk
and Paolo Rumetz as the ridiculous husband, Don Geronio.