ROSSINI: IL TURCO IN ITALIA (NTSC) (Naxos DVD: 2.110259)
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Premi?¿red at La Scala, Milan, in 1814, 'Il turco in Italia' is a madcap ensemble opera with an inspired score that boasts music of both comic genius and extraordinary beauty, inspired perhaps by Mozart's 'Cos?¼ fan tutte', which was produced there immediately before Rossini's drama buffo.
Set in Naples, it spins a crazy tale around a poet who uses the romantic entanglements of the inhabitants with a Turkish prince as inspiration for the plot of his next play. Ultimately, life imitates art as all ends happily, but not before a planned abduction leads to a chaotic situation of mistaken identity ...