A new production of Il Turco in Italia has premiered at La Scala in Milan in a rare revival of the Rossini tragi-comic opera which deals with love, lust and mistaken identities. It’s a farcical tale of marital deception.
Operalia laureate Rosa Feola plays the flirtatious Donna Fiorilla, bored by married life.
“The first aria of Fiorilla is about what she is thinking about love – so it is boring to love just one thing, so let’s love everything we look at – flowers, butterflies and of course ourselves first of all,” she explains.
The Turk of the title – Selim – sung by Alex Esposito, immediately catches her eye.
“He is like beauty and the beast, a bad character in the beginning – the beast – but in the end he has heart, he loves his woman,” says Esposito.