Operas Suor Angelica And Gianni Schicchi At South High

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South High School will perform Puccini’s one-act operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, on March 31 and April 1. (Photo by William Cancellare)

South High School’s music department will continue its 48-year-old tradition of presenting exceptional, full-scale student-performed operas with two of Giacomo Puccini’s one-act operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 341 Lakeville Rd.

Suor Angelica is the story of Sister Angelica, a Florentine noblewoman, who has been compelled by her family to become a nun because of a youthful fault and, for seven years, has been waiting in vain for tidings from her family and friends. When her aunt finally comes to visit, the tragic story unfolds. The opera will be paired with Gianni Schicchi, a comedy based on a reference from Dante’s Inferno, which describes a man who falsifies a will by impersonating another, with the objective of swindling
his relatives.

The operas will be performed in Italian, with English supertitles, under the musical direction of Dr. Pamela Levy, conducted by Michael Schwartz and directed by Robert Stivanello.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and may be reserved in advance by calling 516-441-4851, or may be purchased at the door. There will be open seating for both performances.

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