La Vida Breve

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Gianni Schicchi

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

In a very rare double bill, Puccini’s comedic opera Gianni Schicchi, the third of the Il Trittico operas is matched by the impassioned Spanish drama of Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve – the brief life! In La Vida Breve, the beautiful gypsy Salud loses the affections of her beloved Paco, despite his denials. When Salud discovers that Paco is about to wed another woman, the richer, younger Carmela, her world collapses. She challenges him at the wedding and in a heated exchange, he publicly denies ever knowing her. Her final gesture is the greatest insult she can give – dying at his feet. La Vida Breve contains some of the most characteristic Spanish orchestral music in the repertoire!

Gianni Schicchi is the perfect comic counterbalance to the tragedy of La Vida Breve. The Donati family can’t wait for their crusty, mega-rich patriarch Buoso Donato to die. Stubborn though he is, he finally obliges and the Donati’s are ecstatic, until they discover that the crafty old curmudgeon has cut them all out of the will and has left his fortune to a monastery. This simply will not do! Only the family knows that Buoso has died, so the Donati’s resort to the services of Schicchi, who will impersonate the deceased man and change the will in their favour. But Schicchi has other plans for the money! Amidst all this are two young but desperate lovers, Lauretta and Rinuccio. Can there be a happy ending to it all! Of course….but perhaps not for the Donati family!!

CONDUCTOR Brian Castles-Onion
LA VIDA BREVE DIRECTOR Nicholas Cannon
GIANNI SCHICCHI DIRECTOR Douglas McNicol

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PERFORMANCE TIMES

Wednesday 30 August at 7.30pm
Thursday 31 August at 6.30pm

ADELAIDE TOWN HALL

LA VIDA BREVE
SALUD Giséle Blanchard
LA ABUELA Elizabeth Campbell
PACO Brenton Spiteri
TIO SARVAOR Pelham Andrews
CARMELA Desiree Frahn
MANUEL Jeremy Tatchell
CANTAOR Andrew Turner
GIANNI SCHICCHI
GIANNI SCHICCHI Douglas McNicol
LAURETTA Desiree Frahn
ZITA Elizabeth Campbell
RINUCCIO Brenton Spiteri
GHERARDO Norbert Hohl
NELLA Giséle Blanchard
BETTO DI SIGNA Pelham Andrews
SIMONE Joshua Rowe
MARCO Jeremy Tatchell
LA CIESCA Fiona McArdle

STATE OPERA CHORUS
ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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