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AVA Opera on WRTI: Puccini Double Bill, Saturday Afternoon, April 30th

Gianni Schicchi (Nathan Milholin) and Lauretta (Karen Barraza) in Giacomo Puccini's GIANNI SCHICCI

Join us on Saturday afternoon after the The Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Richard Strauss' ELEKTRA (at approximately 3 pm) to hear the mega-talented resident artists of the Academy of Vocal Arts sing Puccini! You'll hear two of the one-act operas from Il Trittico - GIANNI SCHICCHI AND IL TABARRO (the cloak).

More information about both operas, plus videos and photos on the AVA website!

Gianni Schicchi

Richard Raub, conductor

Tito Capobianco, stage director

Briefly mentioned in Dante’s Inferno, title character Gianni Schicchi plays upon the avarice of a dead man’s family to take for himself the large part of their inheritance.

Debuting in Philadelphia in 1918, Philly audiences have seen Nelson Eddy and Licia Albanese perform roles. The 2009 Opera Company of Philadelphia production featured AVA alumni Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello as Lauretta and Rinuccio.

Il tabarro

Christofer Macatsoris, conductor

Tito Capobianco, stage director

Il tabarro (“The cloak”) was originally conceived as a companion piece for Gianni Schicchi in Puccini’s Il trittico (along with Suor Angelica). It is the second-most frequently performed of the Triptych and is often paired with Gianni Schicchi. Presented in the style of verismo (“realism”) opera, the story revolves around a love triangle of a barge owner, his wife and a stevedore.

The cloak that once warmed the barge owner's young bride now hides a chilling secret for her...

Cast list:

Il tabarro

Michele – Jared Bybee

Luigi – Marco Cammarota

Tinca – Piotr Buszewski

Talpa – Anthony Schneider

Giorgetta – Vanessa Vasquez

Frugola – Hannah Ludwig

Scaricatori – Ethan Simpson, Daniel Noyola, Jorge Espino, Anthony Whitson-Martini, Matthew White

Venditore di canzonette – Matthew White

Minionettes – Alexandra Schenck, Alexandra Nowakowski

Voce di soprano – Alexandra Nowakowski

Voce di tenorino – Matthew White

Lovers – Alexandra Nowakowski, Matthew White

Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi – Ethan Simpson

Lauretta – Karen Barraza

Zita – Allegra De Vita

Rinuccio – Alasdair Kent

Gherardo – Matthew White

Nella – Meryl Dominguez

Betto di Signa – Daniel Noyola

Simone – Anthony Schneider

La Ciesca – Alexandra Schenck

Marco – Jorge Espino

Gherardino – Aidan Barrow

Spinellochio– Anthony Martini-Whitson

Ser Amantio di Nicolao – Anthony Martini-Whitson

Pinellino – Piotr Buszewski (the roles of Pinellino and Guccio will be combined for the broadcast)

Buoso Donati – Bob Kravitz