Opera Experience: The Most Famous Operas in Leonardo Da Vinci’s World

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Tosca
APRIL 4, MAY 2, MAY 30, JUNE 27

'Tosca' is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, based on Victorien Sardou’s melodramatic play 'La Tosca' (1887). The plot centers on political and romantic intrigues in Rome in 1800. Despite the fact that several of Puccini’s colleagues advised him against adapting the play, the composer acquired the rights and created an opera that has been an audience favourite since its premiere in Rome in 1900.
Cast
Tosca, a famous singer in the stereotypical Diva mode – Rossana Cardia – Soprano
Cavaradossi, painter by trade and the lover of Tosca – Delfo Paone – Tenor
Scarpia, the Chief of Police – Andrea Carnevale – Baritone

Rigoletto
APRIL 11, MAY 9, JUNE 6

'Rigoletto' is a three-act opera by Guiseppe Verdi. Written in 1851, the plot is based on Victor Gugo’s play 'Le Roi S’amuse'. The play was banned by the censors for its 'immoral character' and undermining of the king’s authority, so Verdi’s opera substituted a libertine duke. 'Rigoletto' is generally counted as the composer’s first operatic masterpiece, and has been a reliable box-office success since its premiere at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
Cast
Rigoletto, the Duke's jester – baritone – Giuseppe Milli
Gilda, Rigoletto's daughter – soprano – Mariangela Cafaro/Flavia Palazzo
The Duke – tenor – Andrea Villa/Delfo Paone
Maddalena, assassin's sister - mezzo-soprano - Olivia Andreini/Elisabetta Basirico

Madama Butterfly
APRIL 18, MAY 16, JUNE 13

Puccini wrote his opera after seeing a performance of the one-act play 'Madame Butterfly' in 1900. The tragic story of the love between a Japanese girl and an American sailor became the passionate and evocative three-act opera that premiered at Milan’s La Scala Opera Theatre in 1904. Puccini researched Japanese music and the librettist even travelled to Japan to get a feeling for the culture.
Cast
Benjamin Pinkerton, American naval lieutenant to be married to Cio-Cio-San. – Andrea Villa/Delfo Paone – Tenor
Cio-Cio San, (Madama Butterfly), Japanese former geisha girl, to be married to Pinkerton.– Rossana Cardia – Soprano
Sharpless, American Consul in Nagasaki - Mauro Utzeri - Baritone
Suzuki, Cio-Cio San’s maid. – Olivia Andreini/Elisabetta Basirico - Mezzo-soprano

Carmen
APRIL 25, MAY 23, JUNE 20

'Carmen' is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet, based on Prosper Merimee’s novella of the same name. The work's premiere at the Opera-Comique in 1875 attracted controversy, as the public was not accustomed to seeing the life of the lower classes being shown on stage without artifice. However, within 10 years, the tragic and passionate 'Carmen' was recognised for its groundbreaking dramatic and musical choices, and has enjoyed immense popularity ever since.
Cast
Carmen, a gypsy Olivia Andreini/Elisabetta Basirico – Mezzo Soprano
Don Josè, a corporal of dragoons Adriano Gentili/Delfo Paone – Tenor
Escamillo, a matador Donato Martini/Giuseppe Milli – Baritone

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