“In approximately two hours you will experience much of what great opera is capable: tragedy and comedy, beautiful music, incredible theater, and a vivid display of human emotions right before your eyes and ears,” said LVO artistic director Erie Mills in explaining the pairing. “Both operas are guaranteed to captivate in utterly different ways.”
“A Florentine Tragedy” is a story of “the power of marriage and redemption which is, as we take into consideration our modern sensibilities, perhaps, naïve,” said stage director Layna Chianakas. “The dark, psychodrama nature of the piece lends itself to an interpretation that leans toward female objectification and the egomaniacal nature of both male leads.”
Meanwhile, “Gianni Schicchi,” which Chianakas said is arguably “the greatest comic opera ever written,” displays “the inner workings of a Mediterranean family as they fight over a dead relative’s will, ultimately bonding over their love of money and hatred of Schicchi, who proves far smarter than all of them.”
Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 14. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 15. There will be a pre-opera lecture one hour before each performance.
Regular adult tickets are $42-$90; tickets for age 20 and under are $20; 40 and under $40. Tickets can be purchased through the Bankhead box office, 2400 First St., Livermore or (925) 373-6800, or through the LVO website at www.LVOpera.com. Opening Night Dinner tickets are $95 per person.