Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Rossini - L'Italiana in Algeri|
Actors: Jennifer Larmore, Bruce Ford, Simone Alaimo, Alessandro Corbelli, Jeannette Fischer
Director: Andrei Serban
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Amusing and generally well Sung Italian Girl
David D. Dollinger | Pasadena, CA | 08/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was my second Italiana, the first being the performance from Germany with Doris Soffel. The production (originating in Zurich) is stylish, conventional and effective. Vocally the only flaw is the Mustafa, a singer more at home with Alberich. In the performance under consideration that is hardly the case with the wonderful Simone Alaimo. Jennifer Larimore is a glamorous Isabella, vocally agile, witty and quite delightful. Bruce Ford is an experienced Rossinian, looks good and act well, but he really is not at home with the coluratura and his top tends to tighten up and overall the voice is uneven.
The production is a mix of whimsy, the silly, the extraneous and occasionally awful. Serban, the director had some good ideas but apparently when they hire someone with his reputation isn't there anyone who can question the antics that he requires of the singers? It isn't truly awful (Dario Fo can take that credit on the new Italian from Pesaro; at least is can boast the superb Lindoro of Maxim Mironov who leaves all the rest in the dust) but one does wonder how a production can veer from being witty and delightful to highly questionable. It isn't a deal breaker for someone considering this DVD, and I would hate to hand the prize for direction to Michael Hampe (the Soffel DVD) inasmuch as he is working on a stage probably no larger than the Teatro Verdi, but he certainly trumps Fo who surely doesn't much more space in Pesaro.
It's obvious I have three performances and enjoy all three, but alas to attain the "ideal" I have to indulge in cast shifting, a fantasy that opera lovers have to do all the time."
L'italiana in Algeri
B. Grimstrup | new zealand | 05/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For a load of fun this opera takes the cake. It is high camp, and very well acted as well as sung, by the end of the opera i was left bemused .
The 3 main characters cast a shadow of doubt on my mind , did Isabella (sung by Jennifer Larmore) have a fetish for leather or plastic (her costume gave me that impression) or was she just a merry hooker.
Lindoro,(sung by Bruce Ford) was he the boy friend or the pimp as well as being the favourite slave of Mustafa
And was Mustafa (sung by Simone Alaimo) the client (or was this just my wishful thinking??) as well as the egotistical Bey of Algiers.
Everything in this production was acted and played to the limit the singing was excellent, the costumes outragious.
It is a fun filled production and well worth the purchase.
I highly recommend it to anyone with a wicked sense of humour