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

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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 (September 29, 2016)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 tricks her captors in order to escape. Italian mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato and American tenor René Barbera make their respective company debuts 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.

Further information, including biographies of principal artists, is available in our online press room here.

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 2pm. To enter, click here.

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