This Pesaro Rossini Festival production of Il Turco in Italia is far and away better than the one from Zurich, which I did not enjoy half as much. Here, the sets, the costumes, the chorus, the dancers, the cast, direction, you name it, are superior. The acting most of all sets it apart. This is actually theater and it makes the music even better.
Alessandra Marianelli's Fiorilla is beautifully sung and naturally acted. She manages to portray Fiorilla with great expression in every context. Andrea Concetti as her husband Geronio, is likewise expressive. The poet Prosdocimo, expertly played by Bruno Taddia, is part of the action here, not a distraction on the sidelines. Marco Vinco as Selim is great, too. The ensemble singing is terrific.
See this one; you will not be disappointed!