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September 2020

Giacomo Puccini

"...backstabbingly socially distant..."

What do you do when the family patriarch dies in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic? Hire a con man and change his will.

Giacomo Puccini's comedic one-act masterpiece, premiered in the midst of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, is brought to you as an original film produced by Opera Ithaca. Join and us and see just what happens when opera's favorite dysfunctional family goes into quarantine. Best of all - you can enjoy from the complete safety of home!

Gianni Schicchi

2020 | 2021 Season

Composer:  Giacomo Puccini

Director:  Ben Robinson

Co-Director: David Kossack

Conductor:  Christopher Zemliauskas

Starring:  Dennis Jesse, Emily Pulley, Elena Galván, Daniel Bates, Nicholas Davis, Steve Stull

Original Filmed Production, Released September 2020

 

Approximately 55 Minutes

Sung in Italian with English Subtitles

 

"...backstabbingly socially distant..."

What do you do when the family patriarch dies in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic? Hire a con man and change his will.

Giacomo Puccini's comedic one-act masterpiece, premiered in the midst of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, is brought to you as an original film produced by Opera Ithaca. Join and us and see just what happens when opera's favorite dysfunctional family goes into quarantine. Best of all - you can enjoy from the complete safety of home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Composer:  Lee Hoiby | Engelbert Humperdinck

Director:  Ben Robinson

Starring: Alexandra Loutsion

Spring 2021

Sung in English

 

Bon Appétit! | Hansel and Gretel is the delicious double bill opening Opera Ithaca's 2020-2021 mainstage season. Lee Hoiby's 1989 monodrama, Bon Appétit!, is a musical transcription of an episode of "The French Chef," with Julia Child. This delightful piece serves as an amuse bouche to Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, which has been given a new English libretto by Opera Ithaca Artistic Director Ben Robinson.

 

This new translation uniquely ties the two operas together into an integrated (and sugary) tale of two children who fall asleep watching "The French Chef" and awaken in a dream world in which they are sent to the forest by their mother. They got lost, only to stumble upon a PBS studio, where the witch turns out to be no other than Julia Child herself! A second zany cooking show wraps up the festivities and the children wake up from their dream, hungry for cake.

 

Bon AppéTit! | Hansel and Gretel
Gianni Schicchi

Composer:  Giacomo Puccini

Director:  Ben Robinson

Co-Director: David Kossack

Conductor:  Christopher Zemliauskas

Starring:  Dennis Jesse, Emily Pulley, Elena Galván, Daniel Bates, Nicholas Davis, Steve Stull

Original Filmed Production, Released September 2020

 

Approximately 55 Minutes

Sung in Italian with English Subtitles

 

"...backstabbingly socially distant..."

What do you do when the family patriarch dies in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic? Hire a con man and change his will.

Giacomo Puccini's comedic one-act masterpiece, premiered in the midst of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, is brought to you as an original film produced by Opera Ithaca. Join and us and see just what happens when opera's favorite dysfunctional family goes into quarantine. Best of all - you can enjoy from the complete safety of home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the creative Process

Composer:  Sally Lamb McCune

Librettists:  Rachel Lampert & Yvonne Gray

Spring 2021

The final step in the workshop process of this thrilling new 

opera by Ithaca composer Sally Lamb McCune takes us to the 

Orkney Islands in Scotland, where conflict between humanity 

and nature plays out by the picturesque sea.

 

 

 

 

 

We Wear the Sea Like a Coat

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