About this performance
Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri Overture
It starts with hushed pizzicato strings, and a lyrical oboe solo. A bright and cheery allegro begins; the orchestra prancing to the sound of twittering woodwinds and cymbal crashes. Then that famous theme: first in the oboe, next as a duet between the piccolo and bassoon.
The Italian composer knew how to have fun, and he also had a keen ear for catchy melody. Not to mention he was a master shaper of the orchestra; from the overture’s quiet opening, to its brilliant tutti outbursts.
Join the MSO and see how the 21 year-old Rossini makes such light work of the orchestra in this brilliant opera overture.
Pictured: MSO on stage at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall | Image credit: Lucas Dawson