A DOUBLE bill of opera is being served up at Haddo House Hall this week.
Caledonian Opera, in association with Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society, are presenting two contrasting stories of passion, jealousy and greed, set to the sweeping and original music of Giacomo Puccini.
The two one act operas make up two-thirds of his operatic triptych, Il Trittico.
The first one being performed is ‘Il Tabarro’, which concerns the story of brooding barge owner Michele who believes his young wife Georgetta is having an affair with one of his workers.
He sets out to trap them with violent and tragic consequences.
The other work, ‘Gianni Schicchi’, features the dysfunctional extended family of recently deceased Buoso Donati.
Having discovered he has left his entire (and considerable) fortune to the local Friars, they set about deceiving the authorities and getting their hands on his money.
Enlisting the help of crafty Gianni Schicchi, hilarious consequences result.
‘Gianni Schicchi’ features the well-known aria ‘O mio Babbino Caro’ sung by Gianetta, who will be played by Kiwi soprano Joanna Foote.
Caledonian Opera Company was formed in 1990 by Lord Innes Catto and features some of the most exciting operatic talent currently working in Britain.
Members from Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society will take some of the smaller roles in the opera, including the role of the deceased Buoso Donati, played by Innes Catto himself in a non-singing role.
The productions, which opened last night and will run both tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, are fully staged and directed by Wayne Morris.
They will be accompanied on piano.
For tickets go to www.hhcos.org.uk/boxoffice or call 01651 851111