An opera that's a laugh riot

Rossini's comic `L'italiana in Algeri' is a witty joy with Florez leading an all-star cast

Opera review

May 18, 2006|By TIM SMITH | TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

If you threw I Love Lucy, The Carol Burnett Show and a few Milton Berle routines together, and set the whole thing to music, you might come up with something as amusing and deliciously implausible as Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri - The Italian Girl in Algiers.

Almost two centuries after its premiere, L'italiana still packs enough humor to amuse sitcom-saturated audiences, while the sheer genius of the score, with its wonderfully wiggly vocal lines and sparkling orchestration, never fails to tickle the ear.

`L'italiana in Algeri' 7:30 tonight, 2 p.m. Sunday and four more performances through June 3 at Kennedy Center, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues, N.W. Tickets are $45 to $190. Call 202-295-2400, 800-876-7372.

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