Music Director Emeritus James Levine Conducts a Revival of L’Italiana in Algeri, With Marianna Pizzolato and René Barbera Making Met Debuts in the Leading Roles.
Rossini’s early comedy also stars Nicola Alaimo and Ildar Abdrazakov in a revival of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production, last seen at the Met in 2004.
New York, NY – James Levine leads his first opera as the Met’s new Music Director Emeritus, a revival of Rossini’s comedy L’Italiana in Algeri. The comedic opera, which has not been seen at the Met since 2004, tells the story of a feisty Italian girl who gets kidnapped and must trick her captors to escape. Italian mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato and American tenor René Barbera make their respective company debut as the title character, Isabella, and the love-struck Lindoro. Nicola Alaimo sings the role of Taddeo, and Ildar Abdrazakov reprises the role of Mustafà, the pasha overcome by love and pasta.
Performances: October 4, 7, 12, 15eve, 20, 22eve, 26, 29eve. Curtain times vary complete schedule here. Running time: 3 hours and 2 minutes, one intermission.
Tickets begin at $25; for prices, more information, or to place an order, please call (212) 362-6000 or visit www.metopera.org. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (212) 341-5410 or visiting www.metopera.org/groups.
Same-day $25 rush tickets for all performances of L’Italiana in Algeri are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Met’s Web site. Tickets will go on sale for performances Monday-Friday at noon, matinees four hours before curtain, and Saturday evenings at 2 p.m.