Cecilia Bartoli triumphs in Rossini’s “Italiana”

Author: Unitel

Salzburg Festival’s “L‘Italiana in Algeri“ - “one of the funniest opera evenings in recent times” (NZZ) - shot in 4K and available this October!

  • Cecilia Bartoli in "L'Italiana in Algeri" | Copyright: © Monika Rittershaus/SF

    Cecilia Bartoli in "L'Italiana in Algeri" © Monika Rittershaus/SF

“Machos, duck down”, titled Switzerland’s most important newspaper and the New York Times praised Cecilia Bartoli’s perfect performance as the clever, independent Isabella in a staging that draws out surprising contemporary resonances from the 1813 comedy by Gioachino Rossini.

How the renowned stage director duo Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier played with preconceived notions about clashing cultures amidst the colourful sets of Christian Fenouillat received high praise by critics and audiences alike, making the “L’Italiana” at Salzburg Festival a highlight of the Rossini anniversary year. It is “as funny for the ear as it is for the eye”, wrote BR Klassik.

Bartoli presented the spirited Italian woman with fire, finesse and extraordinary acting abilities. The leering macho Mustafà was sung by Ildar Abdrazakov with delight and “great comic talent” (Salzburger Nachrichten). Edgardo Rocha’s bright tenor climbed up without effort, making his performance as Isabella’s lover Lindoro flowing and highly emotional. Rebeca Olvera sang Elvira, who finally regains her husband’s favour, with ease and beauty, while José Coca Loza’s Haly impressed in his short aria. With Alessandro Corbelli as a clumsy Taddeo, laughter was guaranteed. The conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, showing sensitivity to the intricacies and sparkle of Rossini’s score, led the excellent Ensemble Matheus in a “beguiling performance” (NYT)

Shot in 4K UHD

A production of UNITEL and BR/ARTE and Salzburg Festival



Tribute to Jerome Robbins at Paris Opera

Telmondis Distribution

Celebration of the 100th birthday of Jerome Robbins.


WOMEX – Worldwide Music Expo

In one of the many abandoned houses lives an old woman, Jazz. She sings old pieces of Billie, sad love stories, fallen destinies and heartbreaking passions. On her porch, she watches the passing of time, far from the chaos shaking her country...

International Emmy Awards Nominees Announced

IMZ International Music + Media Centre

Nominations for the 2018 International Emmy ® Awards were announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There are 44 Nominees across 11 categories and 20 countries. Winners will be announced at a black-tie Ceremony on November 19 2018 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

Registration for Avant Première is finally open!

IMZ International Music + Media Centre

Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin is the international trade fair for music + dance films and the B2B event for the cultural film industry. Join us from 9-13 February 2019 in the Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz Berlin and get your Early Bird Ticket until 31 October!


Benefit from exclusive insights + opportunties with a thematic variety of IMZ Mailings to choose from.

By clicking "SUBSCRIBE" you consent that your data can be processed by the IMZ International Music + Media Centre for the purposes of processing your inquiry.