Would you die for your heart's desire?
March 16, 17 and 18, 2012
Conant Performing Arts Center
First performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918, Puccini's Il Trittico is a collection of three gripping and beautiful one-act operas, Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi. The first two operas follow the tales of two women -- one haunted by her past, one yearning for her future -- and the lengths to which each will go to achieve her heart's desire. The last is a sparkling comic farce based on a character mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy. An evening of love, laughter, and longing that will touch your heart. Performances Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 18 at 3:30 p.m.
The cast includes:
Christopher Connelly (Michele), Perri Montané (Giorgetta)
Jayme Alilaw (Angelica), Heather Witt (Princess)
Gerald Yarbray (Gianni), Jennifer Zuiff(Lauretta), Brendan Callahan-Fitzgerald as Rinuccio
Puccini's dark and gritty Il Tabarro ("The Cloak") takes place on a barge on the Seine in Paris. Giorgetta's fond memories of her past with stevedore Luigi causes tension in her marriage to barge owner Michele. When a signal is misinterpreted, tragedy comes ultimately wrapped in the cloak that has come to symbolize heartache in Giorgetta's life.
In a 17th century Siena convent, the nuns gather to share their hearts' desires. Although she claims none, Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) secretly wishes to reconnect with the wealthy family she lost contact with seven years ago. When Sister Angelica's aunt arrives at the convent, she brings news with heartbreaking consequences that may ultimately separate Angelica from her heavenly reward.
The mood lightens considerably with the third one-act opera, Gianni Schicchi. In the opening scene, the passing of Buoso Donati has drawn his family together to mourn their loss... or rather to learn about their possible gain at the reading of his will. When it is revealed Donati has left nothing to his family, including young Rinuccio, they call upon Gianni Schicchi for help. Schicchi arrives with his lovely daughter, Lauretta, whom Rinuccio wishes to marry. Schicchi plots with the family to rewrite the dead man's will, with hilarious consequences. Gianni Schicchi will leave you warmhearted with the joys of young love and the tears that come from laughter.