Rossini’s “Italian Girl in Algiers” Takes Flight in Austin, Texas
I doubt that Gioachino Rossini had airplanes and hot-air balloons in mind when he wrote his comic opera “L’Italiana in Algeri” in 1813 – but why not? There is so much craziness in the opera as written, that a little more just adds to the fun. And there was plenty of fun in the Austin Lyric Opera (ALO) production that took to the stage at the Long Center last week.
The Austin Lyric Opera is a regional company with a modest budget, struggling every month to keep its head above water; yet it consistently manages to mount one imaginative and entertaining production after another.
General Director Kevin Patterson sure knows how to pick them. The company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next season, fully deserves not only the support of the local community, but in my opinion, national recognition as well.