This week sees Italian bass Andrea Mastroni make his return to the Opéra de Toulon, in his first performance of Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri in ten years. In the role of Mustafà, Andrea will give three performances under the baton of Francesco Cilluffo and the direction of Nicola Berloffa, with the Orchestra and Choir of Opéra de Toulon.
Completed in 1813, Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri was highly popular when it was first performed in Venice that same year. Berloffa’s production is no different, first performed in Toulon in 2012 and brought to Avignon, Massy, and St. Etienne, among other places.
This has been and continues to be a very busy season for Andrea. He has recently performed as Cesare Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca in Salzburg, and received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House; one critic described him as “a fantastic Sparafucile, a man of the shadows, his evil understated but undoubtable”.
This month sees a performance at the Aids fundraising Gala in Bonn alongside Kristina Mkhitaryan, and future engagements include Simon Boccanegra with the Opéra de Lausanne, Rigoletto with the Bayerische Staatsoper, and l’Incoronazione di Poppea with the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin.
Performances of L’italiana in Algeri take place on 13, 15 and 17 April. For more information, visit the Opéra de Toulon website.