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L'enfant et les sortileges and Gianni Schicchi

Opera Philadelphia

240 S. Broad Street Philadelphia PA 19102
  • Friday April 24th 2009 at 12:00am to Sunday May 3rd 2009 at 12:00am
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.

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