Unification News for February 2000

Operatic Double-Bill in New York City

by Francesco Santelli—Clifton NJ

The Henry Street Opera will present a double bill on March 25, 26 and April 1 and 2. The operas are: Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini and I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. The operas are double-casted. The production is fully staged with orchestra and chorus; the performances will be at the Abrons Arts Center (in its 25th Anniversary Celebration Year) in lower Manhattan at 466 Grand St. For the March 25 and April 2 performances, the Pagliacci cast is: Deborah Anne Faw (Nedda), James Guthrie (Canio), Peter Schroeder (Tonio), Nanette Bevelander (Suor Angelica); for March 26 and April 1, the performers will be Marjorie Leake (Nedda), Alejandro Olmedo (Canio), Bill Burges (Tonio), and Deborah Longino (Suor Angelica); Ivan Crespo (Silvio), Dante Fiore (Beppe) in Pagliacci, and Leslie Middlebrook (La zia Principessa) in Suor Angelica are in all performances, Francesco Santelli is the conductor and Robert Stivanello the Stage Director.

Of Suor Angelica Puccini said that he would give up all his other operas to save this one which he loved the most and it actually is an opera where spirituality reigns sovereign in the highest degree in this heavenly drama in a cloister of a convent near Siena in the 17th century. I Pagliacci is the major and only universally acclaimed success of Ruggero Leoncavallo who wrote also the libretto, the power of the human emotions and the beauty of the melodies come through the entire opera; he could never match with his subsequent works the success of I Pagliacci.

UC members and guests from the NYC metropolitan area are invited to attend this production. For tickets and directions call (212)598-0400 or (973)472-3755. This production is funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts and the Dept. of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York.

Francesco Santelli is the Music Minister of the FFWP of NJ.

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