Rossini's 1814 comic opera reversed the idea of The Italian in Algiers
. Prosdocimo believes that adding a Turkish element into his new comedy would be advantageous and decides to engineer a complicated intrigue between Fiorilla, her worried husband Geroinio and the Turk Selim. Prosdocimo, a toiling poet, finds his muse in the flirtatious Fiorilla and her husband, Geronio. When a dashing Turkish stranger arrives, a comedy of unrequted love and confused identity ensues. Rossini's deliciously layered plot sees games go wrong and lessons learned. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Running time 3 hoursPerformers Cecilia Bartoli (Fiorilla), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Selim), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Geronio), Thomas Allen (Prosdocimo), Barry Banks (Don Narcisco), Heather Shipp (Zaida), James Edwards (Albazar).
Music Rossini. Lyrics Felice Romani (after Caterino Mazzola's Il Turco in Italia). Producer Royal Opera House. Director Patrice Caurier. Director Moshe Leiser. Design Christian Fenouillat. Costume Agostino Cavalca. Lighting Christophe Forey. Conductor Adam Fischer.