Puccini’s Lost Opera! Praying there maybe a juicy role for a mezzo!
by Christie Connolley
I love Puccini! Love, LOVE Puccini! Many a night I have paged through Puccini’s works wishing he did not eschew the mezzo soprano voice in his operatic writings. (Don’t console me in this moment by saying, ‘But there is Suzuki.’ Let’s not go there!) So you can only imagine that this morning’s news has invigorated my hope! As I read the Limelight article by Melissa Lesnie, I thought, “Yes! It all makes sense! He saved all of his great creative vigor for this mezzo soprano role – La Condonatta!” After all, this description does not fit a soprano:
“The title role of the “condemned” heroine is given the Gaelic name Kylie. In the opening scene it is revealed that she is no ordinary convict, having been sentenced to seven harsh years in the colony for stealing a loaf of bread to feed her consumptive mother.”
We all know sopranos aren’t that resourceful and would instead sweet talk a loaf of bread out of some baritone! So it has to be for a mezzo – right!?!
Unfortunately, the article does not address the fach of the heroine. But that will not deter me from breaking out my Aussie accent (did I mention it is set in Austrailia!) and prepping Mi chiamano Kylie….
April Fools! Puccini continues to hate mezzos!