LIBRETTO JUZEPPE HADAMI ON THE MOTIVES OF THE PLAY DIDIER GOLD "WIDE WEAR"
Puchchini "Cloak", as well as many other operas, the Chamber Musical Theater staged first in Russia. All the formal signs testify to the undoubted belonging of this work to operatic verism. But, despite the typical verist plot, the owner of the barge suspects his wife of treason, and when suspicion is confirmed, kills her lover and wraps the body in a cloak, the opera is infinitely far from straightforward and emotional excesses.
By musical means, overcoming the melodramatic scheme, Puccini creates a genuine drama, revealing in depth the psychology of the characters, and giving the symbolic meaning to everyday details. Even the impressionist features can be found in the music of the “Cloak”, and in general this opera seems to be almost a direct harbinger of neorealism. It is in this spirit that she put in the Chamber Music Theater.
LIBRETTO JACOMO FORCANO ON THE MOTIVES OF THE XXX SONGS "HELL" FROM THE "DIVINE COMEDY" TO DANTE ALIGIERI
Puccini's only comic opera, Gianni Schicchi, as well as The Cloak, is part of his Triptych (the third part, Sister Angelica, is very rare). At the heart of her story are the XXX lines of the song “Hell” from Dante’s Divine Comedy, which are dedicated to Florentine Gianni Schicchi, a cheat and a liar who played the role of a dying rich man and made a false testament on his behalf. It would seem that the classic story of how a thief from a thief stole a baton, but Puccini describes the main character with undisguised sympathy, since he acts not so much from greed as for the happiness of lovers - his daughter Laurette and Rinuccio, a relative of the late Buozo Donati. Together with Verdi's Falstaff, this composition brilliantly completes the rich and glorious history of the Italian opera-buff genre.
“Gianni Skikki” is an opera, first of all, an ensemble, and in this sense a better place than the Chamber Musical Theater cannot be found for it.