This Poet, called Prosdocimo, sees some promising lovers, and ends up changing the course of the events he observantly walks through. In the revival of a hugely successful 2011 production of Il Turco at Garsington, the role is once again sung by Mark Stone.
The brilliant soprano Sarah Tynan and London-based, Brazilian-born tenor Luciano Botelho sing the lovers Fiorilla and Narciso, whose hearts become untangled with those of Zaida (Katie Bray), and Selim (Dutch baritone Quirijn de Lang). But this is an opera buffa – a knockabout comedy – so we can be sure everyone ends up with the right person.
If there are similarities with the star-cross’d lovers in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, well, that bitter-sweet comedy had just been staged at La Scala, Milan, in 1814, when Rossini’s new opera was under way, and he is sure to have seen it.
Francis O’Connor’s Fifties design was much admired when this production was staged before. Scenes include a gypsy encampment, a Neapolitan beach and a masked ball.
David Parry conducts the Garsington Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and the director is Martin Duncan.
General public booking opens 28 March.
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|What||Il Turco in Italia, Garsington Opera|
Wormsley Estate , Stokenchurch, HP14 3YG | MAP
|Nearest tube||Marylebone (underground)|
26 Jun 17 – 15 Jul 17, eight performances, with long dinner interval
|Price||£35 - £200|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|