November 4, 5
12 & 13, 2016!
Golda Berkman, 17, makes professional opera debut with Redlands Opera Theatre’s Gianni Schicchi in November
Gianni Schicchi (“pronunciation: jannee skeekee”) is a comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto “text”, by Giovacchino Forzano, composed in 1917–18. The story 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.
When Il trittico premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera in December 1918, Gianni Schicchi became an immediate hit, with similar results at the Rome and London premieres. Although on artistic grounds Puccini opposed performing the three operas separately, 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.
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Buoso Donati, a wealthy and stalwart aristocrat, has died. His ridiculously greedy family is far more excited about his fortune than they are saddened by his death. They begin a mad dash to search for his will before the local authorities arrive, fearing he has bequeathed his fortune to a monastery. Realizing they will do anything to seize the fortune, Rinuccio suggests asking Gianni Schicchi for advice. Gianni Schicchi, a notorious trickster, arrives and proves to be a man of many ideas!
In Gianni Schicchi opera, the aria "O mio babbino caro", ("Oh My Beloved Father") is one of Puccini's best known, and one of the most popular arias in opera. Schicchi’s daughter Lauretta sings the aria, after tensions between her father and the family of Rinuccio, the boy she loves, have reached a breaking point that threatens to separate her from Rinuccio.
This season's special guest artist is award-winning teen Soprano Golda Berkman, 17, who will make her professional opera debut portraying the role of Lauretta, the beautiful ingenue. At 15, Golda she was the one of the youngest grand prize finalists in classical voice in the Music Center’s prestigious Spotlight Award competition. She has achieved several remarkable accomplishments for her age, with Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall debuts already under her belt.
This opera is under one hour in length, and will be presented in Italian with English supertitles.
Tickets information at: www.redlandsoperatheatre.com