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Opera Mariposa presents Gianni Schicchi
by Giacomo Puccini

November 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2019 @ 7:30PM
St. Faith’s Anglican Church (7284 Cypress Street, Vancouver)

 

My Review

It was Italian Night at Opera Mariposa. And by Italian night I’m not talking about $9.95 pasta, but rather a mellifluous medley of Italian arias featuring Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi which is a tale of greed peppered with humorous quips to various other arias from Italian operas such as Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro where madcap romantic antics made the audience mad with glee.

And then all our hearts burst with love as Gaetano Donizetti‘s Don Pasquale (Tornami a dir che m’ami) heartfelt aria of young lovers proclamation of love was so exquisitely sweet with Kimani Troy Iba and Nancy Hasiuk-Lay whose voices seemed to seemed to dance a slow magical waltz.

Robin Hahn made our hearts ache as her voice weaved a tale of anguish in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (Mademoiselle Valery) and her performance was so compelling that we wanted to know what became of her languishing heart.

But of course, the highlight of the night was Gianni Schicchi where the cast threw themselves into the roles of greedy relatives and Sevan Kochkarian’s (Lauretta) glorious soprano voice captivated the audience. As with all performances that I’ve attended at Opera Mariposa, I’ve found that its not just about the music, but each facial expression and body language sets the mood and defines the characters.  From Jacqueline Ko’s full-on face down tantrum and Libby Donald’s constant sniveling about the possibility of a missing appendage, all performers immersed themselves into the roles of greedy and anxious sharks circling the treasure chest full of gold – proof that the cast of Opera Mariposa not only have the talent to astound the audience with their splendorous voices, but to perform in such a manner as to give each performance more depth and impact.

All in all, a highly entertaining evening.  My only criticism is that it wasn’t longer. Tickets are still available for November 22 and 23, 2019, so buy your’s online or at 1-800-838-3006.

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Gianni Schicchi


Gianni Schicchi with Richard Petroski – Photo Credit: Diamonds Edge Photography

 

About Gianni Schicchi

Join us this November for Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi

Our next mainstage production is coming soon! On November 15-23, Opera Mariposa will present Puccini’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi – the tale of a wealthy old man, his last will and testament, and the hijinks that ensue when his family decides to get their hands on his fortune at any cost. This uproarious comedy has been on Mariposa’s bucket list ever since we first launched nearly eight years ago, so we can’t wait to finally bring it to the stage!

Gianni Schicchi features an international cast of multi-award-winning artists, including performers from Seattle Opera, Opéra de Québec, Vancouver Opera, Opera on the Avalon and more. Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to grab yours online or at 1-800-838-3006. There are special rates available for students, seniors and those with disabilities – plus, group tickets are only $18, so why not invite some friends?

We’re looking forward to bringing this fantastic opera to life. I hope that you’ll join us

About Gianni Schicchi

When Buoso Donati dies, his relatives embark on a frantic search for his last will and testament, determined to get their hands on his fortune at any cost. Enter Gianni Schicchi, the clever rogue who knows how to solve any problem…but possibly not in the way that this greedy family expects. Mariposa is excited to kick off our eight season with Puccini’s farcical family drama, which features some of the composer’s most memorable music and is regarded as one of the funniest operas of all time. The opera will be brought to life by a multi-award-winning international cast and presented alongside a performance of Italian songs and scenes, so you won’t want to miss this tribute to Italian opera at its peak!

Stage Director
Jeanine Fynn*

Music Director
John Arsenault

Assistant Director
Robin Hahn

Gianni Schicchi –  Richard Petroski*
Rinuccio –             Jonathan Gagné
Lauretta –              Sevan Kochkarian, Nancy Hasiuk-Lay (cover)
Zita –                     Lauren Solomon
Gherardo –            Kimani Troy Iba
Nella –                  Libby Donald
Gherardino –        Nancy Hasiuk-Lay
Betto di Signa –    Cameron Killick
Simone –              Barry Honda
Marco –                Zainen Suzuki
La Ciesca –         Jacqueline Ko
Maestro Spinelloccio – Vicente Sandoval
Pinellino –           Graeme Guimond
Guccio –              Brittony LeFever

And featuring
Robin Hahn
Shanté Van Horlick
in the Italian songs and scenes

Pianist
Maria Hwa Yeong Jung

*Appearing courtesy of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association!

ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is wheelchair-accessible, including accessible restrooms; the elevator entrance is on the east side of the building, off of the parking lot. We ask that patrons help us to maintain a scent-reduced space by avoiding the use of fragrances and scented products.

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Author

Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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