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SUOR ANGELICA & GIANNI SCHICCHI
by Giacomo Puccini
At the San Diego Civic TheatrePresented together for the first time ever by San Diego Opera, two one-acts, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi make for a perfect Puccini pairing! The heart-breaking Suor Angelica, which has never been performed by San Diego Opera, tells the story of a young noblewoman who bears a child out of wedlock and is sent to a convent for penance. A visit from her aunt, The Princess, sets in motion a series of dire actions that ultimately result in tragedy, forgiveness, and peace. In contrast, Puccini’s only comedy, Gianni Schicchi, is a tale of family dysfunction, human desire and material possession. Gianni Schicchi is based on a true story from Dante’s Inferno and includes the famous and much-loved aria “O mio babbino caro.” SDO favorite Stephanie Blythe makes a welcome return singing the role of the Principessa in Suor Angelica, and makes a daring debut as Gianni Schicchi, a role traditionally sung by a baritone, and in doing so makes opera history. She will be joined by soprano Marina Costa-Jackson performing the title role of Suor Angelica and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi in her Company debut. Sung in Italian with projected English translations. PRE-OPERA LECTURE: The pre-opera lecture begins at 6:40pm before the new start time of 7:30pm for evening performances. The Sunday matinee pre-opera lecture begins at 1:10pm before the 2:00pm curtain. MAIN STAGE POST-OPERA TALK-BACKS: Stay after the performance for a Talk-Back. Once the curtain falls, there will be a 10-minute break, then join us back in the theatre in the Dress Circle where you can ask questions of the stars, cast, and find out what really happens onstage and backstage!