Gioacchino Rossini & Giacomo Puccini: La Scala di Seta, Gianni Schicchi
Venue: Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
MSU OPERA THEATRE
Two comedic one-act operas combine for a festival of Italian laughter with thwarted lovers and dysfunctional family affairs. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. There will be a preview lecture 45 minutes before the performance.
Steven Mosteller, conductor. Melanie Helton, director.
La Scala di Seta, by Gioacchino Rossini
Rossini entertains us with all of the frivolity of his later hit, The Barber of Seville. Set in Florence, a secretly married Italian couple see each other every night when a young maiden lowers a silken ladder from her window. A plot to fix up the maiden with someone else leads to hilarious scenarios of unassuming attraction and mixed up couples.
Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Puccini captivates us with a tale of trickery and family fortune. Devastated relatives learn their inheritance is written to a monastery and devise an elaborate plan to rewrite the will. The story takes unexpected twists as relatives and rivals practice the art of persuasion, highlighted by the famous and convincing aria “O mio babbino caro.”
Generously sponsored by the Belle and Julius Harris Visiting Artist Fund established by Lauren Julius Harris. The Opera Theatre season is generously funded by the Worthington Family Foundation.
Reserved seating. $22 for adults; $20 for seniors; $7 for students.
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