Bryn Double: blood & bounty
RACHMANINOFF & PUCCINI
Aleko is Rachmaninoff at his most effusive, in an exquisite score brimming with his trademark soaring melodies.
Sir Bryn Terfel is Pushkin’s Romantic hero, a tormented victim of passion with a knife at the ready for any wrong-doing.
He has turned his back on the ordinary world to be with Zemfira who breaks him. The blood-drenched show-down presents a side of Bryn that is rarely – if ever – seen.
Bizet’s Carmen, written two decades before, was drawn from this same Pushkin verse story.
An opera in one act
Sung in Russian with English surtitles
Music Sergei Rachmaninoff
Adapted from The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin
First performance 9 May 1893, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
Gianni Schicchi PUCCINI
In marked contrast, Bryn is Puccini’s comic trickster Gianni Schicchi
(pronounced Junny Skikki), called in by the wealthy Donatis to solve a family problem.
He refuses – until his daughter sings Puccini’s most famous aria O mio babbino caro.
This comic masterpiece (Puccini’s only comedy and written towards the end of his life) is built on every family’s nightmare: the reading of a will that goes disastrously wrong.
If you’ve never laughed out loud at an opera, try this!
Did you know the word “zany” comes from Gianni (the diminutive of Giovanni)?
An opera in one act
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Music Giacomo Puccini
Libretto Giovacchino Forzano
First performance 14 December 1918, Metropolitan Opera House, New York
Aleko Cast & Creatives
ALEKO, an outsider ∙ SIR BRYN TERFEL
ZEMFIRA, his wife, a committed anarchist ∙ AILISH TYNAN
HER YOUNG ANARCHIST LOVER ∙ LUIS GOMES
ZEMFIRA’S FATHER ∙ ROBERT WINSLADE ANDERSON
AN OLDER ANARCHIST ∙ SARA FULGONI
BUOSO DONATI, deceased head of a wealthy family ∙ TBA
GIANNI SCHICCHI, a trickster outsider ∙ SIR BRYN TERFEL Sponsor David Kershaw
LAURETTA, his daughter ∙ PASQUALE ORCHARD Sponsor Anthony & Carolyn Townsend
RINUCCIO, her boyfriend ∙ LUIS GOMES
ZITA, his aunt, Buoso’s cousin ∙ SARA FULGONI Sponsor Julian Hardwick
GHERARDO, Buoso’s nephew ∙ JEFF LLOYD ROBERTS Sponsor Anthony & Carolyn Townsend
NELLA, his wife ∙ AILISH TYNAN
SIMONE, Buoso’s cousin and now head of the family ∙ MATTHEW BROOK
MARCO, his son ∙ MICHEL DE SOUZA
LA CIESCA, his wife ∙ OLIVIA RAY Sponsor Marie Veeder
BETTO DI SIGNA, Buoso’s brother-in-law∙ ALAN EWING
Thursday 6 June 5:45pm
Saturday 15 June 5:15pm
Thursday 20 June 5:45pm
Sunday 23 June 5:15pm
Wednesday 26 June 5:45pm
Saturday 29 June 5:15pm
Sunday 7 July 5:15pm