Allegra De Vita – Isabella
Meet Allegra De Vita, who is singing the role of Isabella in Rossini’s The Italian Girl. We last saw Allegra in Tulsa Opera’s 2020 production of Rigoletto at OneOK Field as Maddalena. We are excited to have her back to Tulsa singing one of the wittiest Rossini heroines!
“It is a story that still resonants today. It’s the story of a young 18-year-old girl who finds herself in a bit of a bind and uses all her wits to get out of it – and eventually triumphs.”
Ashraf Sewailam – Mustafà
Meet Ashraf Sewailam, who is singing the role of Mustafà in Rossini’s The Italian Girl. Mustafà may be a spoilt brat but, after getting schooled by the Italian Girl Isabella, he learns how to respect and love women.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun!”
Aaron Crouch – Lindoro
Meet Aaron Crouch, who is singing the role of Lindoro in Rossini’s The Italian Girl. Lindoro is Isabella’s lover who had been lost at sea and held as a captive slave in Mustafà’s court but true love triumphs in the end for the happy couple!
It’s got a little bit of something for everybody
Robert Mellon – Taddeo
Meet Robert “Bobby” Mellon, who is singing the role of Taddeo in Rossini’s The Italian Girl. Taddeo certainly has quite a journey through this opera! Listen to hear the story of The Italian Girl through his point of view.
“I come in, [Isabella’s] flirting with [Mustafa], she’s not paying attention to me. Suddenly, I’m starting to piece together, ‘Was this journey really about us going on vacation’ or was it about something else?”
“I would see this show twice, because the jokes and the inside humor that happens on stage has got to be seen two times.”
The Italian Girl’s Filstrup Resident Artists
Abigail Raiford, Elissa Pfaender, and V. Savoy McIlwain are the Filstrup Resident Artists for Tulsa Opera’s The Italian Girl! Abigail is singing the role of Elvira, Elissa is singing the role of Zulma, and V. Savoy is singing the role of Haly. Listen as they discuss why you should come and see this fantastic Rossini comedy at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education!
“It’s funny and it’s vibrant!” -Elissa
“The Act 1 finale is just so crazy – you get seven people on stage singing their hearts out!” -Abigail
“Not only is it hilarious but the voices are AH-MAZ-ING!” -V Savoy