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    June Opera Festival: Un giorno di regno, Zanetto, and Il segreto di Susanna

    Presented by at Boston University Theatre, Mainstage

    June 11 - June 14, 2014


    June Opera Festival: Un giorno di regno, Zanetto, and Il segreto di Susanna

    June 11 & 13
    Verdi—Un giorno di regno

    June 12 & 14
    Wolf-Ferrari—Il segreto di Susanna

    Verdi’s first comedic opera tells the story of Cavaliere di Belfiore, a wily rogue who has been roped into impersonating the King of Poland abroad while the latter is engaged in reclaiming his throne. Serving as the royal’s decoy, Belfiore finds himself the guest of honor at a double wedding at the home of Barone di Kelbar. Exercising his newfound power, Belfiore adopts the role of matchmaker, maneuvering to help Kelbar’s daughter Giulietta avoid her wealthy betrothed, Grand Treasurer La Rocca, in favor of her true love, the young officer Edoardo. Meanwhile, Belfiore’s own heartthrob, the young widow Marchesa del Poggio, is in danger of an arranged marriage to Count Ivrea. Navigating duels, wedding ceremonies, and coy women, Belfiore confounds plans for arranged marriages and assists in the triumph of true love (including his own).

    Run time: 2 hours (2 acts with intermission). Sung in Italian with projected English supertitles.

    Cavaliere di Belfiore — Michael Chioldi*
    Barone di Kelbar — James Maddalena
    Marchesa del Poggio — Amy Shoremount-Obra*
    Giulietta di Kelbar — Jessica Medoff*
    Edoardo di Sanval — Yeghishe Manucharyan
    La Rocca — David Kravitz

    Director — Joshua Major
    Conductor — Gil Rose

    Zanetto paints an emotional vignette of Silvia, an aging courtesan disillusioned with life and love. A minstrel, stopping below her balcony, sings a youthful paean to love. Intrigued and attracted, Silvia descends to chat the youth up; he tells her that he has heard that the beautiful courtesan Silvia lives nearby. Assailed by powerful and conflicting passions, Silvia realizes she has one more chance at love, but balks at shattering the boy’s idealized vision.

    Run time: 45 minutes (1 act). Sung in Italian with projected English supertitles.

    Silvia — Eleni Calenos
    Zanetto — Eve Gigliotti*

    Suspicions and convoluted evasions abound in the humorous Il segreto di Susanna. Recently married, Count Gil suspects his young wife Susanna of infidelity because he frequently smells tobacco on her clothes. Susanna goes to great lengths to conceal her unladylike habit, and much havoc ensues.

    Run time: 45 minutes (1 act). Sung in Italian with projected English supertitles.

    Countess Susanna — Inna Dukach*
    Count Gil — Kristopher Irmiter

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