Il Turco in Italia on the ROF 2016 programme

6 August 2016

The second opera on the bill at the XXXVII Rossini Opera Festival is Il Turco in Italia (to be performed on the 9th, 12th, 16th and 18th August at the Teatro Rossini at 8.00 p.m.). Speranza Scappucci will conduct the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, the Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, and a brilliant young cast: Erwin Schott, making his first appearance in Pesaro; welcome return appearances of true Rossini stars such as Olga Peretyatko, Nicola Alaimo, Rene Barbera, Pietro Spagnoli; young students from the Accademia Rossiniana like Cecilia Molinari and Pietro Adaini, the last a graduate of this year’s course. This is a co-production with the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia.

The production has been entrusted to the visionary liveliness of Davide Livermore, who has created such important productions for the Rof as Demetrio e PolibioCiro in Babilonia (revived this year) and L’Italiana in Algeri. Together with D-Wok (video design) and the costumist Gianluca Falaschi, Livermore has imagined the intricate love-passages between Selim, Fiorella, Geronio and Zaida in a setting typical of Fellini, full of references to 8½: the poet Prosdocimo is dressed as Marcello Mastroianni, Fiorilla as Claudia Cardinale, while Selim is the classic playboy.

Livermore explains: “Just as happens to Mastroianni in 8½, Prosdocimo is also always on the look-out for a story. The similarity between the two scripts was so appealing, for each has the same ferocious social criticism, that we wanted to pursue it as far as possible. Together with the revival of Ciro in Babilonia, it amuses me to create a kind of cinematic and musical diptych. Then, truth to tell, Rossini and Fellini are sons of the same soil.”