Love, A Tragedy & A Comedy: Two One-Act Operas
presented by Island City Opera
Friday, March 6, 7:30PM
Elks Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
Love, A Tragedy & A Comedy: two one-act productions in one evening!
Il Tabarro (The Cloak)
Puccini’s taut melodrama set in working-class Paris is a tale of infidelity and murder set on the banks of the Seine. Giorgetta, the wife of Michele, a Parisian barge owner, has fallen in love with Luigi, one of her husband’s stevedores. Michele’s growing suspicion and jealousy lead him to violent action.
Mr. Bruschino (Or, the Accidental Son)
Rossini’s comic romp of a love story is updated to modern day California.
Meet Mr. Bruschino Sr.; a successful if somewhat shady businessman. He’s come to see his old friend Gaudenzio. Gaudenzio, a once ambitious politician, (and one-time Berkeley Mayoral candidate?) he now lives a rather dazed 'alternative lifestyle‘. He’s also guardian to the lovely young Sofia.
Bruschino Sr. and Gaudenzio arrange for Sofia to marry Bruschino Jr; a coupling advantageous for their latest business scheme. But, Bruschino Jr is a party boy to the bone, only interested in fun. Sofia finds him a bore. She’s fallen head over heals for Florville. Sofia and Florville hatch a hare-brained scheme to get Guadenzio's permission to let them marry by passing off Florville as Bruschino Jr!
Confused yet? Come and enjoy this non-stop comic Farce by Rossini!