Court Gardens Farm

Orchard Lane Ditchling East Sussex BN6 8TH UK

L’Italiana in Algeri
Gioachino Rossini

June & September 2015

Rossini’s wonderful music keeps the audience entranced from start to finish, although L’Italiana in Algeri is an early and less well known work, the pace and song-like melodies give a foretaste of famous pieces such as The Barber of Seville.

Rossini had set the story of Mustafa, an Arab Bey trying to exchange his wife for a younger model, on the North African coast. Pop-up’s transfer of the plot to a sleazy hotel in downtown Las Vegas is just brilliant. The stage direction is really clever under James Hurley.

Left: Elvira in full flow. Right: Mustafa and Isabella; the audition is getting out of hand.

We have got used to clever captions, projected on the wall and this time we were treated to some brilliant lines, I won’t spoil the fun to mention some of the local gags. We were exposed to first class singing, really together ensembles, kept going by the talented Barrak Dyer on the keyboard. Well honed dramatic effects performed with great energy, often all ’round the barn, and kept in stitches by the barrage of humour projected on the wall.

Isabella, Elvira and Mustafa getting amongst the audience. The audience enjoying a drink before the performance and in the interval.

We thought you should know that through the generous support of our audiences, we have over last two years been able to donate the proceeds of the Operas amounting to just over £2,000 to the Children’s Society.

The proceeds of the next Opera will go to the Alzheimer’s Society, I hope everyone will drink generously in the bar.