Our next installment of the Dinner and a Diva series, on Tuesday, April 18, (sponsored by the Opera Y'all Meetup Group) features highlights from Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers.
The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’italiana in Algeri) was Gioachino Rossini’s 11th opera, yet he was still only 21 years old when it premiered on May 22, 1813, at the Teatro San Benedetto in Venice.
Writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in April 2009 Andrew Druckenbrod penned: " 'The opera is Rossini's first buffo masterpiece,' writes the Grove Book of Opera. "It quickly won widespread popular acclaim in Italy and it was the first Rossini opera to be produced in Germany and France."
Capitol City Opera cast members and the roles they will be singing at the April Dinner and a Diva are: Reverie Berger (Isabella), mezzo-soprano; Daniel Weisman (Lindoro), tenor; Wade Thomas (Taddeo), baritone; and Ivan Segovia (Mustafa), bass. They will be accompanied by Catherine Giel, Capitol City Opera’s music director.
The dinner includes hors d’ oeuvres, salad, choice of two entrees, dessert, coffee/tea, and two glasses of wine, for only $60 per person (tax included; gratuity separate). The performers from the Capitol City Opera Company sing between each course. The evening begins at 6:15 p.m. with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres reception; dinner and performance start promptly at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call 404 634-6268.