Production: L’italiana in Algeri
Location: Houston Grand Opera
Credits: Photos by Felix Sanchez
“We’ve seen bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi at HGO many times. Last season he was Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville and also Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro. As Mustafà, the portly bey (traditionally, a chieftain or “lord” of a somewhat lesser tribe) of Algiers, he is supposed to be ugly as well. In one aside, Isabella exclaims he has the face of a camel. It’s difficult to think of him as unattractive, and his singing is amazingly resonant, filling the hall last night with a wonderful insistence.
He is hysterical throughout, seven times larger in a costume that it almost a set, slurping spaghetti in the second act with convincing gusto.”