The Atlanta Opera Presents "The Italian Girl in Algiers"

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The Atlanta Opera is wrapping up the 2012-2013 season with Gioachino Rossini’s lighthearted comedy, The Italian Girl in Algiers. Set in a visually pleasing 1930’s pop-up book, the storyline offers ample opportunities to laugh. Mustafa, the Bey of Algiers, decides he is bored with his wife and would much prefer an Italian girl. Mustafa arranges for Lindoro, a recent capture, to marry his current wife so that he may be with the striking Isabella. Unbeknownst to Mustafa, Lindoro and the crafty Isabella are in love, and comedy ensues when the young lovers outsmart their arrogant capturer.

The show, playing at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, is perfect for a date night even for those who aren’t typical opera-goers. Though it is sung in Italian, English subtitles are projected for the audience, and the story is both hilarious and easy to follow. The musicians are top-notch and the actors bring a refreshing energy to every scene. You don’t need to be an opera connoisseur or an Italian speaker to appreciate this comedy− I would recommend it for anyone who is a fan of the arts.

The Centre does serve a limited selection of food as well as beer and liquor; however concessions must be enjoyed outside of the auditorium. For dates, it would be preferable to do dinner and drinks prior to the show. There are many fine dining choices in close proximity to the Centre, which is off Cobb Parkway; you might consider Taverna Florentina to match the show’s Italian background.

You can see The Italian Girl in Algiers on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 30th, 7:30p.m.
Friday, May 3rd, 8:00p.m.
Sunday, May 5th, 3:00p.m.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Isabella (Sandra Piqued Eddy) prepares to escape Algeria to get back to her home to Italy with the other Italian captives (The Atlanta Opera Chorus). Photo by Jeff Roffman