Thursday, February 19, 2009

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

Feb. 27 and March 1 Opera Tampa will present two Puccini one-acts and a whole mess of talent! Our very own Opera Tampa Apprentices will be performing and they sound amazing!

For the uninitiated or for those who have only been to maybe one or two operas, Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi is a great show for beginners.

First of all, it’s short. Not to be disrespectful to the art form, but I know that it’s hard for people to wrap their heads around a 3+ hour opera. This isn’t that show! Each title is only an hour (roughly) long.

It’s a peanut butter cup! (Two great tastes that taste great together!) Suor Angelica is everything cathartic about opera. You’ll cry your eyes out. On the flip side Gianni Schicchi is a comedy! As Truvy said in Steel Magnolias, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”

It has an amazing projected set. If you’re a Broadway buff, its similar technology to what was used for the recent revival of Sunday in the Park with George. It is some very cool technology and blends wonderfully with the shows.

It’s Puccini. Puccini is great for beginners. English subtitles are projected above the stage so you’ll understand every word. You might even recognize an aria or two (or three).

Plus on Friday night, renowned opera diva Renata Scotto will receive the inaugural Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts Award.

See you there!

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