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2012 Opera Double Bill: Opera Double Bill

Gianni Schicchi

A Comic Opera in One Act by Giacomo Puccini


Francesca da Rimini

A Romantic Opera in One Act by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Saturday June 23 at 8pm
     Opening Night post-performance champagne reception: tickets ($10) required,
     available in advance and at the door.
Saturday June 30 at 3pm

Matthews Theatre
McCarter Theatre Centre for the Performing Arts
Princeton, NJ
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Tickets: $125 | $90 | $60 | $30 Reserved seating
Family Package available: Purchase of 1 adult ticket for $30, $60 or $90 allows purchase of up to 2 tickets at $15 each for students under 18 accompanying the adult. Please purchase by calling the McCarter Ticket Office at 609.258.2787.

Conductor:      Richard Tang Yuk
Director:      Steven LaCosse
Set Design:      Mark Pirolo
Lighting Design:      Norman Coates
Costumes:        Marie Miller
Costumes for dancers:        Sarah Romagnoli
Wigs & Make-up:        Martha Ruskai
Choreographer:        Graham Lustig
Assistant Conductor:        Robin Freeman
Répétiteur:        Stanley Fink
Stage Manager:        Jenny Lazar-Santilli
Supertitles:        Dr. Nancy Goldsmith

Performed with one intermission between operas
Approximate end time: 10:20pm on June 23 and 5:20pm on June 30 (matinee)

» NEW!  Read our audience guide for both operas | PDF

Gianni Schicchi

A Comic Opera in One Act by Giacomo Puccini

Gianni Schicchi, courtesy Indiana University

In this brilliant comic opera, Buoso Donati's heirs are unhappy with his will so they ask their neighbor Gianni Schicchi to lie on Donati's deathbed and dictate a new will to the notary, one that is favorable to them. In the end, the clever Schicchi outsmarts them all!

Performed in Italian with English titles

» Read the synopsis | PDF

» Listen to O Mio Babbino Caro excerpt

Photo courtesy Indiana University


Stephen Gaertner Gianni Schicchi-
Stephen Gaertner
Caroline Worra Nella (Gherardo's wife)-
Caroline Worra (Ginevra in Ariodante, 2010)
Jodi Burns Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi's daughter)-
Jodi Burns (Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress, 2011)
Cindy Sadler Zita (cousin of Buoso Donati)-
Cindy Sadler (Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress, 2011)
Alex Richardson Rinuccio (Zita's nephew)-
Alex Richardson
David Kellett Gherardo (Buoso's nephew)-
David Kellett (Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, 2005)
Reed Schmidt Gherardino (Gherardo and Nella's son)-
Reed Schmidt (Mirette in Mirette, 2008)
Nathaniel Olson Betto di Signa (Buoso's brother-in-law)-
Nathaniel Olson
Brian Banion Simone (cousin of Buoso)-
Brian Banion (Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2009)
Kyle Guglielmo Marco (Simone's son)-
Kyle Guglielmo
Jamie Van Eyck La Ciesca (Marco's wife)-
Jamie Van Eyck
Jeremy Johnson Maestro Spinelloccio (a doctor) & Ser Amantio di Nicolao (a notary)-
Jeremy Johnson
Steven Slupe Pinellino (a cobbler)-
Steven Slupe
André Peele Guccio (a dyer)-
André Peele

Francesca da Rimini

A Romantic Opera in One Act by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Paolo e Francesca

In this powerful romantic tragedy, Dante's heroine Francesca da Rimini loves the young and handsome Paolo, but finds herself tricked into a marriage with the deformed Lanceotto, Paolo's brother. In one of the great love stories of all time, Francesca and Paolo are forever consigned to Dante's Inferno for their forbidden passion, leading to disaster.

» Read the synopsis | PDF
» Listen to excerpt


Caroline Worra Francesca Malatesta (Lanceotto's wife)-
Caroline Worra (Ginevra in Ariodante, 2010)
Stephen Gaertner Lanceotto Malatesta -
Stephen Gaertner
Rolando Sanz Paolo Malatesta (Lanceotto's younger brother)-
Rolando Sanz
Nathaniel Olson Ghost of Virgil -
Nathaniel Olson
Samuel Green Dante -
Samuel Green