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The Art of Self-Improvement

By Royal Opera House

26 October 2009 at 3.43pm | 1 Comment

Comedy comes in many flavours and the current double bill of L'Heure espagnole / Gianni Schicchi is delicious confirmation of this notion.

Ravel's vibrant, yet elegant score captures Concepcion's frantic efforts to find a worthy lover among an unlikely list of candidates – poet, banker and muleteer. Keeping all three apart is difficult enough without the added fear of being caught out by her clockmaker husband Torquemada. Will Concepcion succeed? Only time, and a pair of clocks, will tell...

In Florence, meanwhile, there's a corpse in the bed and an unwanted will in the cupboard. What will the greedy relatives of the not so dearly departed Buoso Donati do? Reluctantly call on the 'lowly' Gianni Schicchi of course. In Puccini's only comedy we are treated to a master rogue at work as Schicchi impersonates a dying man and double crosses the grasping relatives for the sake of his daughter's happiness.

With astute direction from Richard Jones, gloriously vivid designs by John Macfarlane and Nicky Gillibrand, wonderful casts led by Ruxandra Donose (Concepcion) and Thomas Allen (Gianni Schicchi), and conducting duties shared between Messrs Pappano and Griffiths you are cordially invited to feast on music and laughter.

L'Heure espagnole / Gianni Schicchi 17, 20, 22 (sign-language interpreted performance), 24 (matinee) and 28 October.


By Royal Opera House

26 October 2009 at 3.43pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Puccini, Ravel

This article has 1 comment

  1. john groves responded on 27 October 2009 at 9:27am Reply

    I wish the ROH would mount ALL THREE of Puccini's Il Trittico. I saw them at Dusseldorf a few months ago, some of the operas sharing the same singers, and they work so well when you can see them contrasted with each other. Suor Angelica especially came over as a much better piece than I had expected - very moving! And Il Tabarro is just grim! The evening lasts 4 hours - so shorter than Tannhauser!

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