Met Opera on Demand Catalog
L'Italiana in Algeri
(Feb. 28, 2004)
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Angelo Anelli
Levine; Borodina, Flórez, Patriarco, Furlanetto
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 24 min.
James Levine on the podium brings an ideal blend of sparkle and lyricism to Rossini’s enchanting comedy. Olga Borodina is Isabella, the Italian girl who ends up in Algiers as she searches for her lost lover, Lindoro, sung by the sensational Juan Diego Flórez. Ferruccio Furlanetto is Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers, who keeps Lindoro prisoner and decides to make Isabella his own wife—even though he is already married to Elvira (Lyubov Petrova). Earle Patriarco is Taddeo and Mariusz Kwiecien sings the pirate captain Haly.