L' ENFANT et les SORTILÈGES
(The child and the magic spells) 

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BY MAURICE RAVEL

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GIANNI SCHICCHI

BY GIACOMO PUCCINI     

 

PERFORMANCE
JULY 3 @ 2:00 PM

 

Shepard & Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center,
Barry University

 

L' ENFANT et les SORTILÈGES
(The child and the magic spells) 

This whimsical French one-act translating to “The child and the magic spells” is the first of MMF’s popular Family Opera series. In a world where furniture, fire and animals come to life, Ravel’s dreamy lyric score spins a modern fable with an ageless message. Staged as a double-bill performance with Puccini’s one-act Gianni Schicchi, families are invited to participate in free supplementary activities for children outlined below! Allow your children to experience opera and live theater in a family-friendly setting.

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GIANNI SCHICCHI

When an old curmudgeon dies, who inherits his fortune? In the aftermath of a wealthy man’s passing, Puccini’s one-act spins the uproarious tale of scheming relatives and one crafty neighbor, Gianni Schicchi. Based on a brief reference in Dante’s Inferno, this comic opera showcases a wonderfully verismo ensemble cast singing Puccini’s score full of humorous musical devices and features one of the most memorable arias in the operatic canon, “O mio babbino caro.”

Staged as a double-bill performance with Ravel’s one-act L'enfant et les sortilèges, families are invited to participate in free supplementary activities for children outlined below! Allow your children to experience opera and live theater in a family-friendly setting. 

Steven Gathman, conductor
David Carl Toulson, director

Ron Burns, lighting design
Camilla Haith, Michael Miles, costume design
MMF Opera Institute

L'enfant et les Sortileges Cast:
L'enfant...........Isabel Signoret
Maman..........Maria De Conzo
La bergére..........Cara Bender
La tasse chinoise..........Katarina Bakas
Le feu..........Lindsay Espinosa
La princesse..........Zaireli Rivera Rivera
La chatte..........Sara Crigger
La libellule..........Maria De Conzo
Le rossignol..........Lydia Eiche
La chauve-souris..........Max Jefferson
La chouette..........Meg Boyle
L'écureuil..........Anne Carruthers
Une pastourelle..........Daniela Lusis-Grinberga
Le fauteuil..........Samuel Cotten
L'horloge comtoise..........Alessio Farina
Le théiere..........Edgar Ricaud
Le petit vieillard..........Edgar Ricaud
Un pâtre..........Cynthia Hill
Le chat..........Alessio Farina
L'arbre..........Alessio Farina
La rainette..........Edgar Ricaud

 

Gianni Schicchi Cast:
Schicchi..........Samuel Cotten
Lauretta..........Maria Lacey
Rinuccio..........Judson Virden
Zita..........Luciana Pansa
Gherardo..........Edgar Ricaud
Nella..........Marina Renee Hogue
Betto di Signa..........Drew Harter
Simone..........Cory McGee
La Ciesca..........Kristin Fahning
Spinelloccio..........Jose Cuartas
Gherardino..........Kathryn Rupp

 

MMF Family Opera Activities @ Barry’s Broad Theater

Instrument Petting Zoo

Join us one hour before show time where children can experience the Instrument Petting Zoo! Under the supervision of our MMF Career Institute, kids of all ages are given hands-on interaction with a variety of instruments they will see in the opera’s orchestra pit. Children are encouraged to explore and try out instruments ranging from strings to winds to brass to percussion!

Character Photos

After the opera, young audience members are invited to meet the characters for a real behind-the-scenes look at the opera.  Children and families are invited for an exclusive meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with leading characters in fantastic costume, seeing them from beyond the stage.

 
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