Il Turco in Italia

Il Turco in Italia

Edvard Grieg Kor participates in the Bergen National Opera’s production of Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia.

Watch the video from the performance

Rossini, king of Italian opera composition in the first half of the 19th century transformed the opera of his homeland with music of brilliance, sensuality and vitality. Il Turco, sizzling with fabulous arias and vivid orchestration, dates from 1814 where it premiered at La Scala, Milan, and surprised its audience with its virtuosic writing for ensemble.

The story swerves from laugh-aloud humour to darker intrigue. Prosdocimo the poet is looking for a story for his comic drama – and a highly entertaining scene begins to swirl before him with gypsies, tales from a Turkish harem, a desolate lover, and a foolish old man with a highly unpredicable and flirtacious young wife, Fiorilla.

A ship arrives bearing a glamorous Prince, quarrels break out between those seeking his favours, and after all kinds of dramatic intrigues, elderly husband and young wife are left to face each other and their real values.
The music is sophisticated, lavish, melody-rich and irresistable. Rossini, master of comic timing and painter of the most complex human relationships shows us his genuis.

BNO is thrilled to welcome back director/designer team Mark Lamos and George Souglides after their sumptuous Gullhanen in 2014. Great young Spanish soprano Sylvia Schwartz sings naughty Fiorilla, with Guido Loconsolo as the Turkish Prince.

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