Gioachino Rossini, Il turco in Italia
Bologna, Teatro Comunale, 12 March 2017
Rossini’s Turk in Bologna in Alberto Zedda’s memory
Produced by the Rossini Opera Festival (ROF) and presented last summer in Pesaro with Davide Livermore’s staging, The Turk in Italy is now in Bologna in a reprise that was to be conducted by Alberto Zedda, but the musicologist and founder of the ROF passed away just a few days earlier. This performance was thus dedicated to the memory of the tireless supporter of the acclaimed festival, renowned scholar of Rossini’s operas and one of the foremost protagonist of the composer’s revival in the past century.
The same Zedda had accurately pointed out similarities and differences between this work and the most popular Italian Girl in Algiers, written by Rossini the previous year…