The Turk In Italy

This is one fun opera! The surtitles alone with their racy colloquialisms are hilarious. Not often that you see “crap artist” and “spunky hunks” written above the performers at the Opera! Rossini’s opera buffa, a comedy opens on the verdant and vertically curved lawns of Bar Geronio, a groovy 50’s style cafe On the Italian coast where only the cool kids hang. Good time gal Fiorilla (Emma Matthews) married to rich but doddery Geronio (Conal Coad) is up for a bit of flirting, her wedding ring no obstacle to a bit of spice on the side, given her ongoing nooky with Narciso (Luciano Botelho). Enter the hipster Turk Selim, (Paolo Bordogna) looking uncannily like the rockstar Prince and swivelling his hips towards the nearest hot babe. He has left his sex slave Zaida (Anna Dowsley) and has arrived from Turkey with his mates, landing on the beachfront surveying who he may pick up. Zaida, as of course happens in all comic operas, just happens to be also there, heartbroken and crying into the drinks of bartender and budding playwright Prosdocimo (Samuel Dundas). While trying to come up with a new comedy, Prosdocimo watches events unfold and a highly amusing story takes shape. The setting is for a massive flirt session with Selim finding that two women, Zaida and Fiorilla want to get into his pants!. Fiorilla’s husband may be doddery but he wasn’t born yesterday and together with Prosdocimo, a way is concocted for him to get his own back. The costumes and set design by Gabriela Tylesova is so colourful and clever- everything has been thought of. Directed by Simon Phillips, the English surtitles have been so thoughtfully put together and a strong cast with Emma Matthews performance being a stand out. Simply a great fun night at the opera!

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