Il tabarro / Gianni Schicchi

Music By Giacomo Puccini

May 17, 2013, 8:00 pm
May 18, 2013, 8:00 pm
May 19, 2013, 2:30 pm

$32 Individual Ticket Price

Bethel Church
14736 Bethel Lane SW, Vashon

Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including one intermission)

These Two One-Acts are from Puccini's Il trittico, a collection of three one-act operas.

Il tabarro (The Cloak) is filled with the ecstasy of love, then terror, rage, and finally vengeance.  Innovative and daring, the orchestra evokes the ambiance of the Parisian waterfront, tugboats, crowds and workers and lovers going by.  The lead singers are layered above, making this perhaps Puccini’s most modern and complex work.  Michele’s wife, Giorgetta, refuses her husband and plays a dangerous game of infidelity with her lover, Luigi.  Michele's paranoia and melancholy turn to fury, while she is torn by lust for her lover and remorse. The conclusion is both gritty and heartbreaking.

In Gianni Schicchi, Puccini creates a compelling study of envy and avarice, but departs from sentiment and tragedy to a lighter side of the art.  Gianni Schicchi takes place in 1299 at Florence, in the bedroom of Buoso Donati, who has just died.  Buoso’s relatives feign their heartache but cannot hide their greed, and devise a plan to change the will, a plan they will all be betrayed by.  Full of clever characterization, it is a mirror of human failing, a mix of both haunting beauty and farcical humor.