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L’Italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini
January 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$35 – $55
Tired of his harem, Bey Mustafá wants to find an Italian woman so he can marry his wife to his servant Lindoro. Italian beauty, Isabella, in search of her fiancé Lindoro, has been shipwrecked just outside the palace. Using her beauty to her advantage, Isabella creates a plan to escape with her lover. Will Isabella and Lindoro be together or will the Bey steal the heart of the Italian in Algiers?
Sarah Bryan Miller, The Post-Dispatch:
“Scenic director Scott Loebl’s practical sets and stage director Eric Gibson’s clever moves brightened the picture…as a marionette ship came bouncing over dancing waves, to the joy of Mustafà’s pirates.”
“Her (Kate Tombaugh) coloratura was particularly impressive. Nicholas Ward displayed a fine baritone and good comic timing as Tadde, while Jason Mallory’s Haly sang well and was filled with suitably comic menace.”
Mark Bretz, Ladue News:
“Winter Opera Saint Louis serves up a pleasing presentation of a spirited comic opera.”
“Kate Tombaugh’s impressive mezzo-soprano soars in her winning interpretation of the high-spirited and determined Isabella. She leads stage director Eric Gibson’s cast with a favorable performance… and Felicia Gavilanes puts her fine mezzo-soprano musical instrument to good use.”
Steve Callahan, KDHX:
“It’s another bright success in Winter Opera’s long list of delights.”
“The cast is led by a simply stunning performance by mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh as Isabella. With smooth warmth and agility throughout her range her voice swells to glory on those high notes. She makes the singing seem so easy.”
“Nicholas Ward shows a beautifully dramatic baritone in the comic role of Taddeo; Holly Flack, as Elvira, is so lovely in her lush oriental garb, and her voice is sublime.”
“Director Gibson, in a stroke of genius, follows the lyric’s mention of a “sea of confusion” and has the entire cast drifting and swimming and drowning in confusion, ending in a great flailing heap on the floor–the very image of Gericault’s painting, “The Raft of the Medusa”. We are simply overwhelmed with music and beauty and energy!”
“Scene designer Scott Loebl gives us a lovely, gracefully flexible palace with Moorish detail. J.C. Krajicek brings her usual perfection to the exotic Algerian garb–as well as to the well-tailored European costumes. Lighting by Natali Arco is quite flawless.”