Double Bill - Mala vita and L’oracolo

Umberto Giordano/Franco Leoni

Mala vita

Opera in Three Acts

Umberto Giordano (1867–1948)

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L’oracolo

Opera in One Act

Franco Leoni (1864–1949) 

Mala vita

Opera in Three Acts

Umberto Giordano (1867–1948)

Libretto by Nicola Daspuro adapted from a verismo play of the same name by Salvatore di Giacomo  and Goffredo Cognetti

First performance Teatro Argentina, Rome, 21 February 1892

The opera's story revolves around a love triangle between Vito, a dyer afflicted with tuberculosis; Cristina, a prostitute whom Vito has vowed to marry in return for God curing him of his disease; and Amalia, Vito's mistress but married to Annetiello, a hard-drinking habitué of the brothel where Cristina worked. The action unfolds amidst the neighbourhood's preparations for the Piedigrotta festival.

Previous Wexford performances of operas by Giordano:

La cena delle beffe, 1987 / Siberia, 1999

Cast

Vito | Migran Aghadzanyan
Annetiello | Leon Kim
Cristina | Francesca Tiburzi
Amalia | Dorothea Spilger
Marco | Benjamin Cho

L’oracolo

Opera in One Act

Franco Leoni (1864–1949) 

Libretto by Camillo Zanoni, based on the Cat and the Cherub by C. B. Fernald

First performance Covent Garden, London, 28 June 1905

Set in San Francisco, the opera opens upon the fifth hour of the Chinese new year's day. Chim-Fen, owner of an opium den, wants to marry Ah-Joe, the daughter of the merchant Hu-Tsin, but she only has eyes for San-Lui. During the procession of the dragon when everyone is distracted, Chim-Fen kidnaps Hu-Tsin’s son Hu-Chi, hoping that his father will offer Ah-Joe’s hand in marriage to whomever finds his boy. But San-Lui discovers the child before Chim-Fen can return him, so Chim-Fen murders the man with a hatchet. Ah-Joe is driven literally insane with grief over the death of his lover. San-Lui’s father, the distinguished doctor Win-Shee, finds the little boy and returns him to Hu-Tsin. Quietly speaking to Chim-Fen, who feigns indignation over San-Lui’s murder, as they sit on a bench, Win-Shee first stabs, then strangles, the horrible man who murdered his son. A policeman walking by thinks the two men, one of whom is dead, are engrossed in conversation. When he turns the corner, the body drops to the ground. San-Lui is dead, Ah-Joe is insane, and a good and decent man has been driven to murder.

Cast

Uin-Sci | Leon Kim
Cim-Fen | Joo Won Kang
Hu-Tsin | Benjamin Cho
San-Lui | Migran Aghadzanyan
Ah-Joe | Elisabetta Farris


19 October, 8 p.m.
25 October, 8 p.m.
28 October, 3 p.m.
31 October, 8 p.m.
3 November, 8 p.m.

Tickets €20 - €150

Creative Team

Conductor
Francesco Cilluffo
Director
Rodula Gaitanou
Set and Costume Designer
Cordelia Chisholm
Lighting Designer
Paul Hackenmueller
Assistant Stage Director
Jim Manganello