Revisiting Rossini’s ‘L’italiana in Algeri’

By David Patrick Stearns [Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 November 2008]

The Opera Company of Philadelphia on Friday revived its lovable, storybook production of Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri. It was first seen in 2000, both at the Academy of Music and on PBS, and was kept on ice presumably until a cast could be assembled that wouldn’t compare badly with the earlier one, which contained the then-up-and-coming Stephanie Blythe and Juan Diego Florez.