"Angelica" and "Amelia" open CIM Opera's 2016-17 Season

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Cleveland Institute of Music opera director David Bamberger stopped by to speak with Jacqueline Gerber about the season's first production. 

One-act operas by two of the world’s most beloved 20th century composers will come to the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Kulas Auditorium November 9-12, 2016.  The double-bill will be:

Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica
ian Carlo Menotti’s Amelia al Ballo

SUOR ANGELICA is the touching story of a girl whose family has placed her in a convent.  Far from being a refuge for her, it is a place of deep anxiety and torment, conditions that only a seeming miracle can relieve.  The opera has been produced regularly since its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918, and has been a favored work for recording by such world-famous sopranos as Joan Sutherland, Mirella Freni, and Renata Tebaldi.

AMELIA AL BALLO premiered in 1937 when Menotti was still in his mid-twenties.  The success of the piece led not only to a production at the Met, but also to commissions for one of the first operas written for radio (The Old Maid and the Thief) and the first for television (Amahl and the Night Visitors). AMELIA AL BALLO is the farcical tale of a young lady who must deal with a husband, a lover, and multiple misadventures, all seemingly conspiring to prevent her from attending the season’s first major ball.

Both operas will be sung in the original Italian and performed with a projected English translation, so you won’t miss a moment of either the drama or the comedy.

Tickets are available through CIM – call (216) 791-5000 and ask for the box office.

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