Domingo Does Double Duty in LA Opera Double Bill

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The cast of LA Opera's  'Gianni Schicchi,' directed by Woody Allen. The cast of LA Opera's 'Gianni Schicchi,' directed by Woody Allen. (Courtesy LA Opera)

Saturday at 1 pm, listen to the 2015–16 season opening production from the LA Opera, featuring Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci. In the first, Plácido Domingo stars in the title role of Woody Allen’s staging of Puccini’s comic one-act opera, conducted by Grant Gershon. When a wealthy Italian landowner dies, his greedy relatives hire Gianni Schicchi to rewrite the will to their advantages. It's an opportunity too good to refuse for the crafty Schicchi, who ensures his own benefit and also secures the future happiness of two young lovers along the way.

For the second half, Domingo descends into the orchestra pit to conduct Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Pagliacci, starring Marco Berti, Ana María Martínez and George Gagnidze. Set in a contemporary urban landscape, this classic tragedy unfolds when a jealous husband takes revenge on his unfaithful wife in front of an unsuspecting and naive audience.

Gianni Schicchi Cast:
Gianni Schicchi: Plácido Domingo
Rinuccio: Arturo Chacon-Cruz
Lauretta: Andriana Chuchman
Zita: Meredith Arwady
Gherardo: Greg Fedderly
Nella: Stacey Tappan

Conductor: Grant Gershon

Pagliacci Cast:
Canio: Marco Berti
Nedda: Ana María Martínez
Tonio: George Gagnidze
Silvio: Liam Bonner
Beppe: Brenton Ryan

Conductor: Plácido Domingo (Pagliacci)

Comments [12]

Mia Beduzza Concetta. As Turandot says "so il tu nome. SO IL TU NOME." Si son Vincenzo. I hope I don't get what the Prince of Persia got. Mio secretto e finite. Stay well in this blistering heat. Talk to you during Norma. Ah, for the days Maria, Ebe & Mario.

Jul. 21 2016 03:46 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Mr. Abato, are you Cavanaugh?
As for Caruso, I watched a documentary about him wherein his son said that when Caruso was asked what is necessary to be a great singer. he replied, a large palate(?) good lungs and SOMETHING IN THE HEART. Oh yes, that he had.

Jul. 16 2016 04:15 PM
Madison from Manhattan

Cavanagh,
I was in LA a lot in the 70's and remember WKCR's "Puccini Bash" some of which I,also, taped. Jim Swjede was the announcer and he loved Tauber,Schmidt & Bjoerling . Wasn't much opera in LA in those days,was there?

Jul. 16 2016 04:10 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

@Adele, THANKS FOR INFO.
@Mr. Abato, I am well, old, hurt. hope you are well.
@Beduzzo Cavanaugh, beastly hot but OK. hope same for you.
Mr. Vega, Ferrer had a great speaking voice and this might have
done well for him.
Love Gianni Schicchi, what a pleasant change of pace.
Best wishes to all.

Jul. 16 2016 03:43 PM

WKCR has been playing opera on Sat. nites for decades.I recorded some of those shows in the 70's. They once had a week long Puccini festival. Recordings from cylinders to live recordings from all over. It was a great week. They even played the recording of Caruso singing Vecchia Zimara. Those were the days!

Jul. 16 2016 03:37 PM
Adele F (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

@Sanford Rothenberg and @Concetta Nardone. I too was going to post the information re: opera recordings on the radio in the NYC area as posted by Mr. Rothenberg. One other station is WWFM, the classical music station of New Jersey. In NY one can get that station in HD if one has an HD receiver (which I have) or an HD radio. The station transmits in New York on the HD 2 of WKCR 89.9. Otherwise, hear it online at wwfm.org. Opera can be heard Sunday afternoons at 3:00. Broadcasts used to be only recordings, but lately they are incuding broadcasts of the American opera companies (though not the Met), which we also hear on WQXR. Sundays at 8:00 p.m. is an hour long presentation, called The Lyric Stage, of highlights from great recordings and singers of the past, as well as some little known operas.

Jul. 16 2016 02:38 PM
Nick Vega from Tampa

I too saw and heard Jose Ferrer in title role in Gianni Schicchi, but at Santa Fe Opera in 1960. My impression was he could act but not sing.I believe he was in the cast for publicity purpose!

Jul. 16 2016 02:28 PM

CBC Il mio nome e lassu. But I went back to Cavanaugh2. Just out of habit. Hope you are surviving this weather. Non e buon.

Jul. 16 2016 02:20 PM
VINCENT ABATO from new york

CBC How are you? Yes, too much Pav. and not enough ofother tenors

Jul. 16 2016 02:12 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Many years ago, the Brooklyn Academy of Music presented Gianni Schicchi with Jose Ferrer. I believe it was presented in English.
This opera really is neglected. Very funny and we can all use a few laughs.

Jul. 16 2016 12:00 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

@Mr. Rothenberg: I do like to hear some of the great opera recordings more often. years ago, I would listen to complete opera recordings presented by Delta as the sponsor on Sunday afternoons. Yes, I am that old. Not enough opera on QXR and too much Pavarotti.

Jul. 16 2016 06:46 AM
Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

This production splits up "Il Trittico" and the "Cav/Pag" double bill,a tactic that is unusual,but not unprecedented.NYCO is going to present "Aleko" with "Pagliaci",and "Gianni Schicchi" has been paired with "Bluebeard's Castle" in the past.Last week,the issue was raised of current broadcasts vs. recordings.WQXR has gone to year round broadcasts of current performances,but until recently,had presented "Saturday Afternoon at the Opera" with recordings during the MET's off-season,as well as an "Opera House" which presented recordings on Sunday evenings.Two current programs of opera recordings in New York are presented Saturday nights at 9 P.M. on WKCR (89.9 FM), and on WBAI (99.5 FM) Sundays at 12 Noon.

Jul. 16 2016 01:44 AM

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