Ravel / Puccini
A New Production of a Double-Bill!
Sung in French and Italian with English translations
This double-bill of short operas from the early 20th Century proves that not only youngsters are prone to acting up! First, in Ravel's classic L'enfant et les sortilèges, an ill-behaved child meets a rude awakening when the inanimate objects in his nursery and garden come to life and turn on him. A rarely-performed work that demands a large, sweeping orchestra and a host of strong voices, this tuneful, whimsical work is a treat for all.
Then, an aged relative passes away, leaving behind a family to quarrel over his fortune. Enter the title character in Gianni Schicchi, who has an artful plan that will distribute his riches with a more even (but perhaps morally dubious) hand - all in the name of love. Featuring the renowned aria, O mio babbino caro, Gianni Schicchi is a comic, melodic masterpiece.