The Opera

200 Years of Passion

This year, Artistic Director, Dieter Kaegi, is delighted to have programmed Rossini’s tale of intrigue, comedic mischance, and the triumph of love – and of strong women! L’Italiana in Algeri was premiered in Venice in 1813, and has been delighting audiences for more than 200 years.

Fusing sustained energy, with elegant melodies, the opera tells the tale of Elvira and Isabella, who must together make a plan to ensure that love will conquer all. Elvira loves Mustafa, and Isabella loves Lindoro, and it wouldn’t be a Rossini opera if the path to happiness was smooth. Expect wonderful music along the way to the final rousing resolution.

“Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as live”


Our cast and creative team are now fully confirmed and we are delighted to introduce these exceptional talents to you.

In the role of Isabelle we will be joined by Rachel Kelly, a recent graduate of the Royal Opera House who has quickly attracted attention for her performances as Prosperina (Orfeo), Idamente (Idomemeo) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). Javier Abreu will join us as Lindoro. His many opera credits include the New York City Opera, the New Israeli Opera and Stuttgart Staatsoper. The renowned baritone Leonardo Galeazzi will play Mustafa. Rachel Croash will play Mustafa’s much put upon wife, Zulma, in a role which showcase her outstanding soprano talent.