|Opening Today – “Italian Girl in Algiers" Opens May Opera Evenings|
(Vest, 09.05.2007) – The comical opera, “Italian Girl in Algiers” by Gioachino Rossini is opening the 35th May Opera Evenings at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet House today at 8.00 p.m.
Italian Girl in Algiers
Minister of Culture Arifhikmet Xhemaili will welcome the audience and opera singer Slavica Petrovska-Galic will light the festival fire.
“Italian in Algiers” is first being set in Macedonia. Directed by Ushi Horner, it is conducted by Sasa Nikolovski-Gjumar.
Serbian singer Sanja Anastasija will sing the role of Isabelle, and Blagj Nacoski will perform the part of Lindoro. Baritone Igor Durlovski is Mustafa, and alto Aleksandra Lazarovska is Elvira. Goran Nacevski (Tadeo) and Vladimir Sazdovski (Ali) also have solo parts.
“My goal was to make an easy, fresh and funny opera,” director Horner says. “The action takes place in Algiers in the 1920s when Algiers’ people are fascinated with the Europeans, who in turn, are fascinated with anything coming from the East. This is a comical opera in the centre of which is Algiers' bey Mustafa who likes collecting toys, new technology inventions from Europe. He can buy anything except Italian girl Isabelle’s love. She is a strong woman so love between them is almost unaccomplishable.”
Marija Papucevska is the costume designer, and Italian Martina Segnia is the stage designer.
The play will have reruns tomorrow and on Friday when Macedonian singer Irena Kavkalevska sings Isabella’s solo parts.