L’Italiana in Algeri

Ears Wide Open


The classics, deconstructed


Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri Overture


Nicholas Bochner presenter

About the performance

It starts with hushed pizzicato strings, and a lyrical oboe solo. A bright and cheery allegro begins; the orchestra prancing to the sound of twittering woodwinds and cymbal crashes. Then that famous theme: first in the oboe, next as a duet between the piccolo and bassoon.

The Italian composer knew how to have fun, and he also had a keen ear for catchy melody. Not to mention he was a master shaper of the orchestra; from the overture’s quiet opening, to its brilliant tutti outbursts.

Join the MSO and see how the 21 year-old Rossini makes such light work of the orchestra in this brilliant opera overture.

The MSO will perform L’italiana in Algeri at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash, as part of Dale Barltrop and Ray Chen: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Please note that Tianyi Lu will no longer be presenting this Ears Wide Open performance as previously advertised. A suitable replacement will be announced shortly.

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