Il Turco in Italia, created for La Scala in 1814, is a sophisticated, philosophical elaboration on love relationships, examined with intellectual detachment and a deep cynicism reminiscent of Così fan tutte, which had been presented in Milan in 1807, with good success. Rossini’s work is however pervaded of a deep melancholy, an understanding of human weakness which alternates with over-the top, farcical funny moments. Love is depicted as springing from imagination, a fantasy, and marriage is both absurd and necessary; the resulting moral is even more cynical and dark than in the Mozartian masterpiece.
Conductor Diego Fasolis is one of the most important conductors for the Baroque and Classical periods; his relationship with Rossini has proven to be solid and flourishing.
CastErwin Schrott | Rosa Feola | Giulio Mastrototaro | Antonino Siragusa | Alessio Arduini | Laura Verrecchia | Manuel Amati
Number of actsOpera in two acts
Total running time3h15 (tbc)
SubtitlesSpanish | English
Date of performance2021-10-13Share on Facebook