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MASON'S SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND MASON OPERA & CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENT PUCCINI'S "GIANNI SCHICCHI"

February 10, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC

MASON OPERA & CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

PRESENT

PUCCINI’S “GIANNI SCHICCHI”

Harris Theatre, George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 9, 2010 – 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 School of Music presents the Mason Opera & Chamber Orchestra performing 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, an 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!

For more information about the Mason Opera & Chamber Orchestra or this production, please contact the School of Music at (703) 993-1380 or music@gmu.edu.

 

Tickets for George Mason University Opera are $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, and a limited number of tickets are free for students with a valid Mason ID starting. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu. 

 

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.