Giacomo Puccini's Italian comic opera Gianni Schicchi and Gaetano Donizetti's delightful Il Campanello

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DOUBLE BILL OF ITALIAN COMIC OPERA 
AT SANTA MONICA COLLEGE

Santa Monica College Opera Theatre presents a double bill of Italian comic opera:  Gianni Schicchi, Giacomo Puccini's one-act masterpiece and Gaetano Donizetti's delightful Il campanello.

Performances will be held in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. Matinee performance at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12. 

Gianni Schicchi is one of the most loved and commonly performed operas in the repertoire.  The libretto is based on an incident mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy.  Set in Florence, it tells the comic story of a money-grabbing family who relies on the cunning of Gianni Schicchi to try to change the will of a wealthy relative. Originally designed to be part of Puccini's Il trittico—three one-act operas with contrasting themes, SMC Opera pairs it with a lesser known Donizetti opera, Il campanello. 

Il campanello (full title Il campanello di notte) is set in Naples, and tells a tale of a crafty young man who tries to disrupt the wedding night of his former girlfriend.

Il campanello  was so popular at the time of its release, it was revived every year for the next ten years.  Less than an hour long, it includes some delightful chorus numbers, including a Brindisi (drinking song) similar to the famous "Libiamo" from Verdi's La traviata.  It will be a great opener for Gianni Schicchi, which is fairly unique as a fast paced, one hour opera with all of the characters in the family interacting as an ensemble most of the time.  Lots of Italian family fun! 

SMC Voice Professor Dr. Janelle DeStefano, who co-directs SMC Opera Theatre with SMC Coach/Accompanist Mercedes Juan Musotto as Music Director and guest Stage Director, Joseph DeStefano.

Tickets are $20 General Admission ($10 for current SMC students with valid ID). A modest service charge applies. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.smc.edu/eventsinfo or by calling (310) 434-3005. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office up to 1 hour before the performance start time. Free parking available on the premises.

For tickets and information, please go to www.smc.edu/eventsinfo or call (310) 434-3005 or (310) 434-4323.

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