The Italian Girl in Algiers April 27 and 30, and May 3 and 5, 2013 The Atlanta Opera closes its 2012-2013 season with The Italian Girl in Algiers by Gioachino Rossini on April 27 and 30, and May 3 and 5, 2013. This will be the first time The Atlanta Opera has performed The Italian Girl in Algiers. Directed by internationally acclaimed German stage director, Chris Alexander, in his Atlanta Opera debut, this production will be set in the 1930’s, and will feature Isabella as an aviator. The production also will feature a “pop-up book” set, through which audiences will be transported to a fairy tale landscape. The set, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, was originally used in a production with Santa Fe Opera, and has been used subsequently in productions around the United States. Nicknamed “The Italian Mozart,” Rossini wrote The Italian Girl in Algiers when he was only 21 years old, and it is considered one of his most successful comedies. This opera begins with Mustafà, the bey of Algiers, bored with his harem and wife. He orders his captain, Haly, to find an Italian girl for him. Through a twist of fate, the once distanced couple, Lindoro and Isabella, happen to find themselves together again in Algiers. Able to outsmart Mustafà, the couple finds a way to be together, and Mustafà realizes he truly loves his wife. Singing the role of the clever Isabella is mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy, who delighted Atlanta audiences as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro in 2008. Tenor Michele Angelini, debuting with The Atlanta Opera, plays Lindoro. In his Atlanta Opera debut, Turkish bass Burak Bilgili will be performing the role of Mustafà. Singing Taddeo, an elderly admirer of Isabella’s, is Bruno Praticò, also in his Atlanta Opera debut. Conducting The Italian Girl in Algiers is The Carl and Sally Gable Music Director Arthur Fagen. The Italian Girl in Algiers will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.