Mason Opera & Orchestra: Gianni Schicchi
- February 25, 2011 - February 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm
$20 Adult; $15 Students & Seniors
Combining delicious wit with breathtaking and some of the most beautiful arias ever written – including the heartfelt “O mio babbino caro” – this delightful comic masterpiece by Giacomo Puccini has enchanted opera lovers for generations. This winter, George Mason University’s Opera & Orchestra perform Puccini’s satirical one-act opera “Gianni Schicchi” at the Harris Theatre on Mason’s Fairfax Campus on Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. The Mason Opera will be led by Patricia Miller, University Professor of Music and the director of Mason’s vocal studies program, and the director is Maureen Codelka, an adjunct professor in Mason’s School of Music. Victoria Gau, adjunct professor in the School of Music, will conduct the Mason Chamber Orchestra for these performances.
Written in 1917-18 with an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano and based on a situation in Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” “Gianni Schicchi” is the third and final part of “Il trittico,” a series of three one-act operas featuring contrasting themes (the others are “Il tabarro” and “Suor Angelica”). The opera premiered at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in winter of 1918, and was instantly a success. Set in Florence at the end of the 13th century, the opera begins with the death of Buoso Donati, a wealthy man whose family has gathered by his side to mourn his death – but more importantly, to search frantically for his will. Upon finding it, his relatives discover that he left most of his money and possessions to the local monks. Hilarity ensues when the family hires the cunning Gianni Schicchi – who is revolted by the money-grubbing relatives – to help them find a solution to their woes!