Il Trittico: Woody Allen, William Friedkin Direct Three One-Act Puccini Operas for LA Opera
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LA Opera brings Gaetano Donizetti's tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor back to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade. Loosely based on Sir Walter Scott's historical novel, Lucia concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton, who's caught in a vicious feud between families. The setting is the hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century. Donizetti wrote Lucia in 1835 -- a time when Europeans were highly interested in the history and culture of Scotland, having romanticized its violent wars and feuds, and its folklore and mythology. This production is sung in Italian, with English supertitles. Learn More
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Featured review from Bernadette G.
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Everything was wonderful! To begin with, the stage settings for each opera were magnificent and that was only the beginning. I love Puccini and welcomed the opportunity to see this seldom produced three opera production. It was one of my most memorable opera experiences. The time flew by and everyone both on stage and off seemed to be having a wonderful time. The three different stories took the listener through a wide range of emotions ending on a comic/sad note. Congratulations to all involved. Well done!
Award-winning film directors William Friedkin and Woody Allen join forces to create a new cinematic production of Puccini's trio of one-act operas. <p>Bringing fresh insight to Puccini's trilogy of one-act operas will be two Academy Award-winning filmmakers. William Friedkin will direct Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica and Woody Allen will make his opera debut directing Gianni Schicchi. Tony Award-winning production designer Santo Loquasto (who has worked on more than 20 Woody Allen films) will design all three operas. On the podium will be Music Director James Conlon. </p> <p>Il Tabarro ("The Cloak"), the story of a passionate love triangle that leads to a tragic end, features Mark Delavan, Salvatore Licitra and Anja Kampe. Suor Angelica ("Sister Angelica") tells the heart-rending tale of a cloistered nun with a worldly secret, and it features some of Puccini's most meltingly beautiful melodies, including the poignant "Senza Mamma." Sondra Radvanovsky returns to sing the title role, and mezzo Larissa Diadkova makes her Company debut. Gianni Schicchi, a romantic comedy that takes a page from Dante, features Thomas Allen in his debut in the title role along with soprano Laura Tatulescu and tenor Saimir Pirgu, who make their company debuts. </p>