"The Italian Girl in Algiers"
July 27, 29 & 31
Boston audiences will experience Rossini’s
rarely performed-live "The Italian Girl in Algiers"
as Boston Midsummer Opera (BMO) presents the comic masterpiece
as its 2011 production. Playing at the Tsai Performance Center
at Boston University for three performances only, July 27, 29
and 31, the production will be sung in English and performed with orchestra.
Music director and nationally acclaimed conductor Susan Davenny
Wyner will lead the fully staged and costumed production, with
Sandra Piques Eddy in the role of Isabella.
by Drew Minter, "The Italian Girl in Algiers"
(L'Italiana in Algeri) combines Rossini’s fast-paced comic energy
with elegant melodies. Composed in less than 3 weeks when Rossini was
21, "The Italian Girl in Algiers" is a tale of manipulation
and love. The Turkish Bey, Mustafa, is bored with his wife, Elvira, and
his submissive harem. Desiring a new challenge to his virility, Mustafa
decides that, in Elvira's place, he wants an Italian woman. The Italian
woman chosen is the shipwrecked Isabella, who has other plans in mind,
especially when she discovers that her lost love, Lindoro, has been enslaved
by Mustafa. Armed with only her feminine wiles, Isabella must outwit Mustafa
for her future and her love.
Mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy was last seen with BMO
in their 2010 production, "Trouble and Chocolate,"
as Dinah in Leonard Bernstein’s "Trouble in Tahiti."
Her recent credits include: the title role in "Carmen"
for both Opera North (UK) and Lyric Opera of
Kansas City; Isabella in "L'italiana in Algeri"
with Austin Lyric Opera; Zerlina in "Don
Giovanni" with Opera Omaha; Hänsel
in Portland Opera's production of "Hänsel
und Gretel;" Mercedes in the Metropolitan Opera’s
new production of "Carmen" (also broadcast
nationally on PBS and theatrically live in HD); and as Idamante in the
Boston Lyric Opera production of "Idomeneo."
Soprano Sara Jakubiak makes her BMO debut as Elvira.
Her recent credits include: Cathy in "Wurthering Heights"
with the Minnesota Opera; Dede in "A Quiet
Place and "Lucky to Be Me: The Music of Leonard
Bernstein" with the New York City Opera;
a soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra; a recital with baritone Ross Benoliel
for Music at Bunker Hill; Beatrice in "Three
Decembers" with Chicago Opera Theater;
and Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni" with the
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Also marking his BMO debut, Tenor Bradly Williams (Lindoro)
is one of opera’s most sought after tenors in the bel canto repertoire,
and has performed extensively in Europe and North America. Recent credits
include: Arturo in "I Puritani" at the Seattle
Opera; Ramiro in "La Cenerentola" and
Giannetto in "La Gazza Ladra," both with the Gran
Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Belmonte in "Die
Entführung aus dem Serail " with Austin Lyric
Opera; Ernesto in "Don Pasquale" with
Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra.
Bass-baritone Eric Downs (Mustafa) was last seen with
BMO as Don Alfonso in its 2009 production of "Così
Fan Tutte." Recently, he has also appeared in: Handel's
"Messiah" with the Washington National Cathedral
as a soloist; Haydn's "Paukenmesse" at Carnegie
Hall through MidAmerica Productions; Victor Herbert 150th
Birthday Celebration gala with Little Orchestra Society
of New York as a soloist; and the Boston Youth Symphony
Orchestra as Leporello in "Don Giovanni".
Baritone David Kravitz (Taddeo) was last seen with BMO
in its 2006 production, "The Marriages of Mozart."
He recently made his New York City Opera debut in Strauss's
"Intermezzo," and his European debut at Monte
Carlo's Salle Garnier in the world premiere of Tod Machover's
"Death and the Powers" which subsequently traveled
to Chicago Opera Theater and the American Repertory
Theater. He also returned to Opera Boston for
Hindemith's rarely-heard opera "Cardillac," and
sang Nick Shadow in Emmanuel Music's production of "The
Director Drew Minter has sung leading roles on international
stages for three decades. In 1993 he was asked to direct Handel's
"Radamisto" for the Goettingen Handel Festival,
an engagement which led to his being the director of opera there for five
seasons. Since then he has directed shows for the Caramoor Festival,
Lake George Opera, Opéra de Marseilles, The Folger Shakespeare
Theatre and Boston Early Music Festival, among
Susan Davenny Wyner has been nationally acclaimed for
her conducting. The Library of Congress featured her
in its 2003 "Women Who Dare" Engagement Calendar,
and the "MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour" and WGBH
Television have presented special documentary features on her life and
work. Her conducting credits include the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
The Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, the Danish
Odense Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra members
in special benefit concerts. She has also conducted concerts at the Hollywood
Bowl, in Italy and the Czech Republic, and has been Music Director
and Conductor of The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra near
Cleveland, Ohio since 1999, and of Opera Western Reserve
since its founding in 2004.
The Tsai Performance Center is located at Boston University, 685 Commonwealth
Avenue in Boston. For tickets and information, call 617-227-0442 or visit