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17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25 May 2008
Giacomo Puccini
Conductor Paolo Arrivabeni
Director Giovanni Scandella, Giulio Ciabatti, Francesco Micheli
Scene Designs Alessandro Camera
Costume Designs Carla Ricotti
Lighting Bruno Ciulli
Teatro Massimo Orchestra and Chorus

New production

Libretto Giuseppe Adami
Giorgetta Amarilli Nizza May 17, 20, 22, 25
Chiara Angella May 18, 21, 24
Luigi Frank Porretta May 17, 20, 22, 25
Badri Maisuradze May 18, 21, 24
Michele Alberto Mastromarino May 17, 20, 22, 25
Ivan Inverardi May 18, 21, 24
Il Tinca Nicola Pamio
Il Talpa Filippo Polinelli
La frugola Lorena Scarlata Rizzo May 17, 20, 22, 25
Giovanna Lanza May 18, 21, 24
Il venditore di canzonette /
Voce di tenorino
Domenico Ghegghi
Un amante Pietro Luppina May 17, 20, 22, 25
Vincenzo Bonomo May 18, 21, 24
Un’amante Maria Luisa Amodeo May 17, 20, 22, 25
Gabriella Barresi May 18, 21, 24
Voce Gabriella Barresi May 17, 20, 22, 25
Maria Luisa Amodeo May 18, 21, 24
Libretto Giovacchino Forzano
Suor Angelica Amarilli Nizza May 17, 20, 22, 25
Rachele Stanisci May 18, 21, 24
La Zia principessa Rosalind Plowright May 17, 20, 22, 25
Agnes Zwierko May 18, 21, 24
La Badessa Silvia Mazzoni
La Suor Zelatrice Giovanna Lanza
La Maestra delle novizie Katerina Nikolic
Suor Genoveffa Elisabetta Martorana
Suor Osmina Maria Luisa Amodeo May 17, 20, 22, 25
Gabriella Barresi May 18, 21, 24
Suor Dolcina Antonella De Luca May 17, 20, 22, 25
Maria Luisa Amodeo May 18, 21, 24
La Suora infermiera Patrizia Gentile
Una novizia Pinuccia Passarello
Prima cercatrice Sabrina Testa
Seconda cercatrice Mariella Guarnera
Prima conversa Adriana Calì
Seconda conversa

Lorena Scarlata Rizzo

Libretto Giovacchino Forzano
Gianni Schicchi Alberto Mastromarino May 17, 20, 22, 25
Silvio Zanon May 18, 21, 24
Lauretta Amarilli Nizza May 17, 20, 22, 25
Cristina Ferri May 18, 21, 24
Zita Cinzia De Mola
Rinuccio Fernando Portari May 17, 20, 22, 25
Aldo Caputo May 18, 21, 24
Gherardo Aldo Orsolini
Nella Sabrina Vianello
Gherardino Davide Puleo May 17, 20, 22, 25
Giorgio Buogo May 18, 21, 24
Betto Luciano Miotto
Simone Roberto Tagliavini
Marco Paolo Orecchia
La Ciesca Monica Colonna
Maestro Spinelloccio Carlo Morini
Notaro Filippo Polinelli
Pinellino Gianfranco Giordano May 17, 20, 22, 25
Daniele Bonomolo May 18, 21, 24
Guccio Daniele Bonomolo May 17, 20, 22, 25
Gianfranco Giordano May 18, 21, 24

Saturday 17 May 2008 Turno Prime at 8.30 pm
Sunday 18 May 2008 Single tickets only h 17.30
Tuesday 20 May 2008 Turn B at 6.30 pm
Wednesday 21 May 2008 Turn S3 at 6.30 pm
Thursday 22 May 2008 Turn C at 6.30 pm
Saturday 24 May 2008 Turn F at 8.30 pm
Sunday 25 May 2008 Turn D h 17.30


Il tabarro
Michele and his wife Giorgetta live on a barge in the river Seine. Michele watches as the stevedores finish their work for the day. As they walk past the barge, Giorgetta has a private conversation with Luigi. Giorgetta plans a secret meeting for late that night. Michele watches, but says nothing. He is convinced that his wife is having an affair. Later that evening, Luigi mistakes the light from Michele’s pipe as a sign from Giorgetta. As Luigi boards the barge, he encounters Michele who strangles him to death. After he has killed Luigi, Michele hides the body under a cloak (tabarro in Italian
). When Giorgetta comes home, Michele removes the cloak, revealing her lover’s dead body.

Suor Angelica
The nuns are all happily doing their chores with the exception of Sister Angelica. Her family has ignored Sister Angelica for several years. Unexpectedly, her aunt, a princess, arrives at the convent. Angelica is eager to see a member of her family and rushes to her. The princess coldly tells Angelica that the reason that she was sent to the convent and rejected by her family was because of her illegitimate child. Her aunt did not come to the convent to make amends, but rather to inform Angelica that her child was dead. Angelica is crushed. She drinks poison, hoping to die and be reunited with her child. She then remembers that suicide is a sin punishable by damnation, which would leave her separated from her child. Angelica prays to the Virgin Mary, who appears, holding Angelica’s child to lead the dying sister to heaven.

Gianni Schicchi
Buoso Donati has died. His greedy family hears that he has left his rather large estate to the church. As the family frantically searches the home for the will, Rinuccio finds it. He promises to read the will to the family, if they will agree to him marrying Lauretta, the daughter of Gianni Schicchi. They agree and he reads the will, which confirms their fears. Rinnucio suggests that the let the wily Schicchi help fix the problem. Lauretta pleads with him to help the family, by pretending to be Buoso. Schicchi agrees to be Buoso, rewrite the will, and have a notary sign it. He makes the family swear to never tell a soul about the rewritten will. When the notary comes, Schicchi writes the new will, bequeathing Buoso’s estate to his friend “Gianni Schicchi”. The notary has left. Schicchi kicks the family out of this new house. Rinuccio and Lauretta sing about their happy love. Schicchi proudly admires the way Buoso spent his money.


Suor Angelica

Gianni Schicchi

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Il tabarro

Foto Franco Lannino ©Studio Camera