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Maometto Secundo (II. Mahmut)

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet

May 4, 2024
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Atatürk Cultural Centre (Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, or AKM), Gümüşsuyu Mah., Mete Cad. No 2 (i.e., Taksim Square), Beyoğlu, 34437 Istanbul

The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet company are to give two more performances of Gioachino Rossini’s opera Maometto Secundo (i.e., Mehmet II), which they premiered on February 24. The AKM website gives us some general information:

The work, considered Rossini’s most innovative and ambitious opera, boasts a rich orchestration. Its carefully planned but equally complex dramatic structure includes elements of melodrama such as political intrigue, conspiracy, and tragedy.

In a blog our music critic wrote after attending the premiere on February 24, he said the following: ‘I was bowled over both by the skill of the performers and by the care and expertise that had patently gone into staging the event. One might legitimately expect the Turkish State Opera and Ballet Company to go to great lengths to make a production featuring Fatih Sultan Mehmet (‘Mehmet the Conqueror’) worthy of his name, but I was not just pleasantly surprised by its quality, but pleasantly shocked.’ (see blog)

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