Il turco

in Italia

When to see it

25/03-31/03

Place

Grieghallen

Price

150kr - 750kr

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Faithless women, flirtatious young men, seductive arias and spectacular ensembles – Rossini´s witty Il Turco in Italia is a perfect comedy of Mediterranean manners.

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.

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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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Razzle-dazzle, high kicks and love-related mayhem...

Mary Miller explains the plot of our most glamorous opera to date!

THE PLOT

Presented by Bergen National Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

A new production from Bergen National Opera

Composer / Gioachino Rossini
Libretto /Felice Romani

Domingo Hindoyan / Conductor
Mark Lamos / Director
George Souglides / Scenography and costumes

 


Duration: 3 hours including break
Number of breaks: 1
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Norwegian

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Conductor:

Domingo Hindoyan

Born in Venezuela, Domingo Hindoyan began his music studies as a violinist and member of the renowned Venezuelan musical education program El Sistema. Domingo has had great success conducting leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2013, he was appointed first assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin, and since that he has conducted performances of La Traviata, Tosca, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Bohème, to mention some. He is now engaged in several houses like Zürich, Paris, Stuttgart, Monte-Carlo and eventually The Metropolitain Opera in New York. Il turco in Italia marks his debut with Bergen National Opera.

Director:

Mark Lamos

American Mark Lamos is a director of plays, musicals and opera.
He has staged acclaimed theatre productions of many classics, including 14 Shakespeare plays, as well as a cycle of Ibsen dramas, including the full-length Peer Gynt. In the realm of opera, he directed Adriana Lecouvreur with Placido Domingo for the Metropolitan Opera, numerous productions for New York City Opera, and new productions for San Francisco Opera – to mention some. His Madama Butterfly for New York City Opera won an Emmy Award. With Il turco in Italia, Mark Lamos is visiting Bergen National Opera for the third time after tremendous succeses with L’étoile by Chabrier and The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov.
He has staged acclaimed theatre productions of many classics, including 14 Shakespeare plays, as well as a cycle of Ibsen dramas, including the full-length Peer Gynt. In the realm of opera, he directed Adriana Lecouvreur with Placido Domingo for the Metropolitan Opera, numerous productions for New York City Opera, and new productions for San Francisco Opera – to mention some. His Madama Butterfly for New York City Opera won an Emmy Award. With Il turco in Italia, Mark Lamos is visiting Bergen National Opera for the third time after tremendous succeses with L’étoile by Chabrier and The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Scenography and costumes:

George Souglides

Born in Cypros and brought up in Nigeria, Cyprus and Greece, George Souglides trained in Interior Design at Kingston University and then Theatre Design at Motley Theatre Design Course. Most of his work for the stage comprises both costume and set design. Recent productions include Lohengrin at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen, L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington Opera, The Flowering Tree in Lisbon, Boris Godunov at Savonlinna Opera, Cosi fan tutte at the Greek National Opera and Don Carlos at Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos. George Souglides is visiting Bergen National Opera for the second time after his highly inventive and colourful design for The Golden Cockerel took the audience by storm in 2014.

Choreography:

Seán Curran

A graduate and faculty member of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Seán Curran now serves as Chair of the Department of Dance. He has over 20 years of teaching experience as a visiting artist at the American Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, Boston's Conservatory of Music, and over 100 U.S. university dance departments. In the field of opera, Curran’s projects include Salome for Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Francisco Opera, and Opera Montreal; New York City Opera productions of L'Etoile, Alcina, Turandot and Capriccio; the Metropolitan Opera production of Romeo and Juliette. Seán Currans last project for Bergen was The Golden Cockerel in 2014.

Lighting design:

Guiseppe di Iorio

Giuseppe di Iorio created the lighting design for The Golden Cockerel – Bergen National Opera’s critically acclaimed production in 2014 – before doing the lighting of Tosca for Opera Østfold in 2015. Besides several productions in Scandinavia, he keeps returning to the prestigeous Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg for productions like War and Peace, Boris Godunov and The Makropulos Case. His lighting design for Haas’s opera Morgen und Abend with a libretto by Jon Fosse at Deutsche Oper in Berlin and Royal Opera in London aroused a lot of attention. During the last years, he has won several prizes, amongst others the Italian critic’s prize Premio Abbiati for The Rheingold at Teatro Massimo in Palermo and for Moses in Egypt at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro.

Fiorilla:

Sylvia Schwartz

Spanish soprano Sylvia Schwartz is one of the most exciting lyric singers of her generation.
In 2015-2016 her engagements include opera performances at Berlin Staatsoper (Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno), Teatro Real Madrid (Die Zauberflöte) and Michigan Opera (Die Zauberflöte). In concert, she will appear as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and Teatro Municipal de São Paulo and with the Rundfunkchor Berlin in Hong Kong & Brussels. She has appeared at many of the world’s finest opera houses and festivals including La Scala Milan, Berlin Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, The Bolshoi Theatre, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Edinburgh, Baden Baden, Salzburg and Verbier festivals.

Selim:

Guido Loconsolo

Italian baritone Guido Loconsolo was a member of the Young Artists Program of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2005-2007. He is now one of the most exciting singers of his generation, and has already captured audiences at The Metropolitain Opera in New York, La Scala in Malian and Bolshoi in Moscow. Under the leadership of Teodor Currentzis, he appears on recordings of Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni. Most recently, he sang Leporello in Dresden, Figaro in Torino and Publio in La clemenza di Tito in Madrid. Selim marks his first visit to Bergen and his Scandivian debut.

Zaida:

Cecilia Molinari

Italian mezzo soprano Cecilia Molinari, born in 1990, was member of the Academia Rossiniana at the 2015 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where she sang Marchesa Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims. She has quickly established herself as a remarkable Rossini singer, both in opera and concert. The role of Zaida has already brought her to Treviso, Ferrara and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. She has appeared at the Festival d’Aix en Provence in a series of Mozart concerts in 2016. Cecilia Molinari won the Luciano Pavarotti Prize in 2014 and in 2013 the International Bel Canto Prize “Rossini in Wildbad”. Il turco in Italia marks her Scandinavian debut.

Prosdocimo:

Giorgio Caoduro

The Italian baritone, Giorgio Caoduro, studied singing with soprano Cecilia Fusco since 1998. In 2000 he won the 50th edition of the international opera competition As.Li.Co in Milan. He has sung the main baritone roles of the belcanto repertoire in the most prestigious theaters in the world, like Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at La Scala, Opéra National de Paris and Stuttgart; Dandini in La Cenerentola at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Frankfurt and Glyndebourne; Belcore in L'elisir d'amore in Rome, Turin and San Francisco. The Dvd of L'Italiana in Algeri from the Aix en Provence Festival, with Giorgio Caoduro as Taddeo, as been released by BelAir Classic.

Narciso:

Pietro Adaini

The tenor Pietro Adaini is born in 1992 on Sicily where he later studied under Salvo Todaro and Salvatore Fisichella. Having been a finalist of several vocal competitions, he was given the opportunity to make his debut at the opera in Genoa as Rodolfo and Nemorino. The immediate success led to a series of engagements in Italy, notably as Beppe at the festival in Macerata, Ernesto at the Donizetti Theatre in Bergamo and Don Ramiro at the opera in Verone. He was invited on tour with the opera in Palermo in The Regiment’s Daughter to the Royal Opera House of Muscat. In Bergen, he makes his debut in the role of Narciso.

Geronio:

Pietro Spagnoli

The Italian baritone Pietro Spagnoli is appreciated as guest of many important opera houses like the Wiener Staatsoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala in Milan, owing his actual status as renowned and internationally requested performer to his interpretations of leading roles mostly in the repertory of Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti. Recent highlights include Dottor Dulcamara and Dandini at The Metropoltian Opera in New York, Don Bartolo at La Monnaie in Bruxelles and Prosdocimo at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. After his debut in Bergen, he will go directly to Tokyo for Il conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.

Albazar:

Alvaro Zambrano

Alvaro Zambrano studied singing at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and later at the University of Music Freiburg in Germany. Since the 2013-14 season he has been a member of the ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin where he has sung a great variety of roles, notably Tamino in The Magic Flute, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Beppe in Pagliacci, Fenton in Falstaff and Prunier in La rondine. He has been the recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Helene Rosenberg Foundation as well as a laureate of the Commerzbank Foundation’s Gustav Scheck Competition. The role of Albazar marks the first visit to Bergen National Opera for the young Chilean tenor.

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  • 25/03 Saturday 18:00

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  • 27/03 Monday 19:00

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