Opera Theater presents Puccini’s double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi
April 7, 8, 9, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
April 10, Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20 ($10 senior, military, UA employee)
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Sung in Italian with English supertitles. These operas will be performed with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra.
Join UA Opera Theater as we present two of Puccini’s most famous one-act operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.
Suor Angelica synopsis – Seven years have passed since Suor Angelica was forced into the convent by her wealthy family for a mysterious indiscretion. Her quiet retreat is destroyed when her aunt brings news of the outside world which will destroy Suor Angelica. In her darkest moment, Suor Angelica looks to The Blessed Virgin Mary for solace.
Gianni Schicchi synopsis –The Donati family has descended to carve up their uncle Buoso’s estate only to learn that he has left everything to the local friars. Only one man can save the day-Gianni Schicchi. This uniquely Italian opera serves up a delicious helping of love and deception. Gianni Schicchi is based upon a portion of Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno.
Join us before each performance for a pre-show conversation in Crowder Hall with DMA candidate Lindsey McHugh 45 minutes before the performance to take a deep dive into the world of Puccini’s masterpiece operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.
Conductor Thomas Cockrell, staging Cynthia Stokes, Vocal Coach Michael Dauphinais, Set Design Sally Day, Costume Design Chris Allen, Lighting Design Todd Poelstra, Stage manager Brian McElroy, Production Manager Carson Scott, assistant conductors Lorena Suarez (Suor Angelica) and Yudai Ueda (Gianni Schicchi), Opera GA Lindsey McHugh.
Suor Angelica – Clarissa Smith (Thursday April 7/Saturday April 9)
Min Liu (Friday April 8/Sunday April 10)
The Princess, her aunt – Diana Peralta
The Abbess- Korby Myrick
Sister Genovieffa-Aysen Milliogullari
The Monitress- Beth Jargstorf
The Mistress of the Novices-Bethany Pehrson
Sister Osmina-Abigail Juganaru
Sister Dolcina-Jordan Padilla
The Nursing Sister-Aubrey Cole
Alms sisters- Isabelle Knowles and Abigail Juganaru
A Novice – Arianna Campbell
Ensemble – Becca Ann Berson, Maya King, Mikki Larese, Cassidy Smith, Ariella Traub
The Child – Ainsley Scott
Special thanks to Casidy Chan
Gianni Schicchi – Yongjae Lee (Thursday April 7/Saturday April 9)
Suyoung Lee (Friday April 8/Sunday April 10)
Lauretta, his daughter- Yue Huang (Thursday April 7/Saturday April 9)
Katie Kang (Friday April 8/Sunday April 10)
Buoso Donati-Mikki Larese
The Aunt, a cousin to Buoso- Diana Peralta
Rinuccio, a nephew to Buoso, in love with Lauretta- Michael Dwayne Jackson
Simone, another cousin to Buoso- Zhong Liu
Marco, his son, and nephew to Buoso- Stefan Vikingkur
LaCiesca, Marco’s wife- Aubrey Cole (Thursday April 7/Saturday April 9)
Josianne Dal Pozzo (Friday April 8/Sunday April 10)
Gherardo, another nephew to Buoso-Topher Esguerra
Nella, married to Gherardo-Bethany Pehrson
Gherardino, their child-Maya King
Betto, Buoso Donati’s brother-in-law-Junho Hong
Maestro Spinelloccio, a physician – Michael Vince
Amantio di Nicolao, a notary- Adam Mattson
Pinellino, a cobbler – Ariella Traub
Guccio, a tailor- Maya King
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The Opera Theatre program at the University of Arizona’s mission is to raise the quality and awareness of Opera in Tucson, the surrounding borderline area, and throughout the state of Arizona. The Opera Theatre program promotes opera as a living and essential art form; opera provokes, thrills, and transforms human lives through its unique combination of music and storytelling. The Opera Theater program creates diverse programming including productions of new and contemporary works, works in English and in Spanish, standard repertory, and the essential re-imagination of operatic works for the stage. The Opera Theater program encourages the development of young opera artists from all backgrounds and cultivates opera enthusiasts of the future. The Opera Theatre builds a community to ensure the success of our students as they become opera practitioners, teachers, and leaders of the future.