Il Turco in Italia, created for La Scala in 1814, is a sophisticated philosophical elaboration on love relationships, intellectual detachment and deep cynicism, reminiscent of Mozart’s Così fan tutte (which had been presented in Milan in 1807 with good success). However, Rossini’s work is infused with a deep melancholy, an understanding of human weakness that alternates with humorous and exaggerated moments. Love is described as arising from the imagination, a fantasy, and marriage is both absurd and necessary; The resulting moral is even more cynical and dark than in Mozart’s masterpiece.
Director Diego Fasolis is one of the most important directors of the Baroque and Classical periods. His relationship with Rossini has proven to be strong and flourishing.
The production is signed by Roberto Andò, intellectual and director of cinema, opera and prose writer. He is an award-winning narrator. Diego Fasolis, who recently inaugurated the Lugano LAC opera season with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, faces Rossini at La Scala after the successes obtained with Händel and Mozart, thanks to a cast that combines the ease of bel canto with the ease on stage.