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Italiana in Algeri 2009Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's 2009/10 season contained four full main-stage productions plus one small-scall-tour. The two works the company had never touched before were the young Rossini's frothy Italian Girl in Algiers and Leoš Janáček'a Adventures of Mr Brouček. The two revivals were an ultra-traditional Elisir d'amore and an ultra-modern Bohème. There was also  a piano-accompanied tour of a second Janáček piece, Kátya Kabanová.

There were some additional elements, however, including a third programme of new short chamber pieces under the 5:15 umbrella. There was also a 'Scenes & Arias' tour by four  young singers and a pianist, the old Essential Scottish Opera format now revised as Opera Highlights. There was a new 'Interactive Opera for 3 to 6 Year Olds', entitled Auntie Janet Saves The Planet. Two well-contrasted co-productions also featured. Music Theatre Wales brought a new chamber piece by Eleanor Alberga, Letters of a Love Betrayed, while the RSAMD joined forces with the orchestra and technical staff of Scottish Opera to mount the Scottish premiere of Prokofiev's wonderful Tolstoy adaptation War and Peace.

This novel staging of The Italian Girl will be remembered for its use of green screen technology allowing for the introduction of unusual backdrops, including a buffo duet on waterskis. Completely frivolous and an absolute delight. Arbroath-born Karen Cargill had the perfect voice for Isabella, including the fruity contralto tones, and was clearly as much at ease with the comedy as the other singers.

Performance Cast

Mustafà Bey of Algiers

Tiziano Bracci

Elvira wife of Mustafà

Mary O'Sullivan

Zulma Elvira's companion

Julia Riley

Haly a corsair captain in Mustafà's service

Paul Carey Jones

Lindoro Mustafà's Italian slave

Thomas Walker

Isabella the Italian Girl

Karen Cargill

Taddeo Isabella's companion

Adrian Powter

Performance DatesItaliana in Algeri 2009

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Oct, 19.15 25 Oct, 16.00 29 Oct, 19.15 31 Oct, 19.15

Empire Theatre, Eden Court | Inverness

7 Nov, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

14 Nov, 19.30

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

21 Nov, 19.15 25 Nov, 19.15 27 Nov, 19.15

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