Donizetti’s l Campanello di Notte gives us a chance to enjoy Donizetti’s wit in double measure: he is responsible for both libretto and score. Though simple, the conceit of a constantly interrupted wedding night (which probably originated in commedia dell’arte) provides a unique opportunity to witness superb singing actors, such as David Kravitz and Jason Budd, doing what they do best. We have chosen a simple yet elegant setting for the opera—Naples in the 1950s, filled with glamour and just a bit of self-conscious pretension!
Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz is, perhaps, a forgotten jewel waiting to be rediscovered. Mascagni’s lush music conjures up the power of springtime, of renovation and renewal for this tale of a fearful heart that melts in the presence of true innocence. This ‘lyrical comedy’ is propelled forward by the meddling of an unusual operatic character, Rabbi David, equal parts jovial matchmaker and stern philosopher. He plants the seed of marriage in Fritz’s stubborn heart, and brings him close to the kind Suzel, a peasant girl who dares to dream of love.
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