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Loyola Opera Theatre presents ‘Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi’

Loyola press release - December 17, 2014

Next month, the Loyola University New Orleans Opera Theatre presents two contrasting tales – a tragedy of sorrow and redemption, and a comedy about family greed turned to advantage – with performances of “Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi,” two of the three one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini. Both will be performed in Italian with supertitles Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

Tickets are $40 for preferred seating, $25 for reserved seating, and $15 for Loyola students, faculty and staff. For tickets and information, visit montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage, accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

“Suor Angelica” is the second opera of the trio known as Il Trittico, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1918. The setting is an Italian convent where Sister Angelica, forced to become a nun by her wealthy family, learns that the son taken from her at birth has recently died. Despondent, Angelica decides that taking her own life is the only way to rejoin her child, but then realizes the error of her ways and pleads to God for forgiveness.

The third and final opera in the series, “Gianni Schicchi,” chronicles the backstabbing and conniving nature of the Donati family of Florence, Italy, as they gather at the deathbed of one of their own. They turn to an outsider to manipulate the will and their own inheritance, with hilarious and unexpected results! Ken Weber from Loyola’s Office of Mission and Ministry will play the title role in “Gianni Schicchi,” while recent Loyola alumni Veronica Sharkey ‘09, MM ‘14 and Rahim Mandal ‘13 return for the production. Sharkey, as well as several current students, will perform in both “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi.”

New York stage director and choreographer Bill Fabris will direct, while Carol Rausch, director of the Loyola Opera Theatre, will serve as musical director and conductor.

For more information, visit montage.loyno.edu or call James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888.