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Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in new articles, The Voice Box | 0 comments

Operagasmic Production of the Week

Operagasmic Production of the Week

by Christie Connolley

I love to arrive early to the opera.  For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES!  Once that is done, I delve into the program!  I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years agothat photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes!  It is one of the best parts of going to the opera!  So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.

The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Miami Lyric Opera’s double bill of Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi!

PERFORMANCES

Sat, July 13, 2013, 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Sun, July 14, 2013, 4:00 PM BUY TICKETS

 

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami (Il Tabarro) & Giovacchino Forzano (Gianni Schicchi)

Il tabarro (The Cloak) is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Adami, based on Didier Gold’s play La houppelande. It is the first of the trio of operas known as Il trittico.

Gianni Schicchi (Italian pronunciation: [?d?anni ?skikki], JAN-nee SKEEK-kee) is a comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, composed in 1917–18. The libretto is based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. The work is the third and final part of Puccini’s Il trittico (The Triptych)—three one-act operas with contrasting themes, originally written to be presented together. Although it continues to be performed with one or both of the other trittico operas, Gianni Schicchi is now more frequently staged either alone or with short operas by other composers. The aria “O mio babbino caro” is one of Puccini’s best known, and one of the most popular arias in opera.

Puccini had long considered a set of one-act operas, to be performed in a single evening. Faced with a lack of suitable subjects and opposition from his publisher, he repeatedly put the project aside. However, by 1916 Puccini had completed the one-act tragedy Il tabarro and, after considering various ideas, he began work the following year on the solemn, religious, all-female opera Suor Angelica. Gianni Schicchi, a comedy, completes the triptych with a further contrast of mood. The score combines elements of Puccini’s modern style of harmonic dissonance with lyrical passages reminiscent of Rossini, and it has been praised for its inventiveness and imagination.

When Il trittico premiered at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in December 1918, Gianni Schicchi became an immediate hit, whereas the other two operas were received with less enthusiasm. This pattern was broadly repeated at the Rome and London premieres and led to commercial pressures to abandon the less successful elements. Although on artistic grounds Puccini opposed performing the three operas except as the original triptych, by 1920 he had given his reluctant consent to separate performances. Gianni Schicchi has subsequently become the most-performed part of Il trittico and has been widely recorded.

CAST (Il Tabarro)

 

  Michele

Nelson Martinez

       
  Luigi

- Philip Alongi

       
  Giorgetta

Maryann Mootos

       
  La Frugola

Lissette Jimenez

       
  Il “Talpa”

Enrique Estrada

       
  Il “Tinca

Jared Peroune

       
  Venditore di canzonette

Alejandro Viera

       
  
  Chorus Master

Pablo Hernandez

       
  Conductor

Doris Lang Kosloff 

       
  Artistic Director

Raffaele Cardone

       


CAST (Gianni Schicchi)

  Gianni Schicchi

Richard Cassell *

       
  Lauretta

Rebekah Diaz

       
  Zita

Lissette Jimenez

       
  Rinuccio

David Pereira

       
  Gherardo

Jared Peroune

       
  Nella

Daisy Su

       
  Gherardino

Javier Acosta *

       
  Betto di Signa

Enrique Estrada

       
  Simone

Eric Dobkin

       
  Marco

Ismael Gonzalez

       
  La Ciesca

Ketty Delgado

       
  Maestro Spinelloccio

Maria Cassell *

       
  Ser Amantio di Nicolao

Gabriel Menedez

       
  Pinellino

Sergio Gonzalez

       
  Guccio

Pablo Hernandez

       
 
  Conductor

Doris Lang Kosloff

       
  Artistic Director

Raffaele Cardone

       

Sung in Italian with English projected titles.

* MLO Debut
^ July 13, 2013 (Only)
† July 14, 2013 (Only)

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