The Italian Girl in Algiers Gioachino Rossini
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New co-production with New Zealand Opera

(Soap) opera as you've never seen it before



Love-rat Mustafa ditches his wife and decides it’s high time he bagged himself an Italian beauty. The young, gorgeous and conveniently Italian Isabella arrives on the scene looking for her hunky lover, Lindoro. Mustafa can’t keep his eyes (or hands) off her and packs Elvira off so he can have his wicked way. Meanwhile, Isabella and Lindoro plot their escape. With things really hotting up, will Mustafa manage to put a spanner in the works?


Colin McColl’s cheeky take on Rossini’s comic opera is a riot of bunny girls, beach balls, and small screen heroes with big screen egos. Set in a TV studio during the filming of popular Latino soap, Algiers, the show pits Rossini’s typically playful and lyrical music against the shoreline shenanigans of cast and crew. You’d think the scandal would be confined to the outrageous storylines, but there’s as much action off set as there is on…


Italian bass Tiziano Bracci makes his UK debut in the role of Mustafa. Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, who the Guardian called a ‘bright star’ for her performance as Rosina in Scottish Opera’s 2007 production of The Barber of Seville, sings Isabella. 


Video: Have a look behind the scenes
The Italian Girl in Algiers was performed at:


Theatre Royal Glasgow

Wed 21 Oct 2009
Sun 25 Oct 2009
Thu 29 Oct
Sat 31 Oct 2009

The Italian Girl in Algiers Unwrapped - Fri 23 Oct 2009


Eden Court, Inverness
Sat 7 Nov 2009 


His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
Sat 14 Nov 2009 


Festival Theatre Edinburgh
Sat 21 Nov 2009
Wed 25 Nov 2009
Fri 27 Nov 2009
The Italian Girl in Algiers Unwrapped - Fri 20 Nov 2009

Production supported by

The Scottish Opera Syndicate

Sung in Italian with English supertitles Running time approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes