Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music, in collaboration with The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, will present two Puccini one-act operas “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” tonight, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
“Suor Angelica” is a touching story placed in the Convent of Santa Maria Cellole, outside Siena, Italy. The story focuses on Sister Angelica, a young woman who was forced to take the veil after having a child out of marriage. The show includes soaring orchestrations and vocal writing, sung in the original Italian (with supertitles) and will feature guest artist Amy Mazzeo in the title role.
“Gianni Schicchi” is a comedy placed in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, 1935, and centers on the very dysfunctional Donati family, Italian emigrants hustling to make a life in the new world. After the passing of their dear Uncle Buoso, the aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews appear to be in sincere mourning. However, when the relatives discover that Buoso left all his riches to the local friars, their true colors are revealed. They spat, bicker and quarrel (sometimes in Italian) about what to do until finally agreeing to bring in the local “fixer,” Gianni Schicchi, to find a solution. Schicchi is not well-liked by the family because he is Sicilian, but they are willing to go along with his plan. However, the mastermind has a secret twist in store – much to the family’s chagrin.
“Gianni Schicchi” will be performed in a new English translation with supertitles.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampus.org.
For those interested in dinner and a show, “Puccini and Pasta” will be held tonight, Jan. 31, at Gabriel’s Food and Wine in downtown Cape Girardeau. Tickets, which include dinner and the opera, are available at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egset0hwbac176cc&llr=7ncdezrab&fbclid=IwAR16T-DfX9VcLUbqbqGX5QQhqGrjnIIIHgPJbBkYNi4QLEWQ4h5jv54CV7I.