The Italian Girl in Algiers

“Opera San José’s ‘Italian Girl in Algiers’ is a howl. The production, which opened over the weekend, is expertly directed by Michael Shell, making his company debut and inspiring some of the snappiest ensemble performances of recent years at Opera San Jose. Its success is collective: sure pacing, clever gags and a cast that’s on fire. The orchestra, conducted by Ming Luke, briskly underscores the madcap action.”  Richard Scheinin, SJ Mercury News.  More…

“This opera buffa does have a strong first act whose dramatic climax will have you trying not to roll on the floor with laughter, which is why it’s referred to as a dramma giocoso – a work whose climax often ends with the first act. That said, the talents of the principals are such that you’ll be eager for intermission to end so you can get back to the show.” Cy Ashley Webb, StarkInsider.com. More…

“What fun. What laugh out loud fun! Opera San Jose’s production of the seldom seen ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’ is an amusing, whimsical portrayal of a man who bites off more than he can chew, a tiger of a man who, underneath all the testosterone driven bravado, is really a timid kitten.” Heather J. Morris, Peninsula Reviews. More…

A lost love. A twist of fate. A clever Italian girl is shipwrecked in a foreign land while searching for her lover, finding herself the focus of a powerful Sultan’s unwanted affections. Rossini’s sparkling and fast-paced opera weaves a madcap story full of twists and turns in this comedic adventure to a land of magnificent palaces, swashbuckling pirates and lavish harems. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.