Teatro Grattacielo proudly presents Pietro Mascagni’s romantic comedy masterpiece L’amico Fritz.
L’amico Fritz is an opera in three acts by Pietro Mascagni, premiered in 1891 from a libretto by P. Suardon , based on the French novel L’ami Fritz by Émile Erckmann and Pierre-Alexandre Chatrian.
In a letter to his publisher Sonzogno, Mascagni had expressed his dedication to this less dramatically inclined, yet highly evocative and truly human opera stating, “What fresh and simple music flows from my heart.” Despite its simplistic theatrical life and understandable musicality, he disagreed with critics who faulted the opera for its uncomplicated structure and its portrayal of relatable emotions. Mascagni is often called a “one-opera man,” however as this opera proves, he was no such thing. While his first opera, the acclaimed one-act Cavalleria Rusticana, has now become Mascagni’s main achievement, his second opera L’Amico Fritz stands apart as the lighter representative of 19th century, verismo dramatics. The opera mixes the Italian trends of comic, “opera buffo” and captivating “opera seria,” with the schmaltzy clichés of rustic French life and German domestic bliss, making for an entertaining, yet thought-provoking work.
JAMES BAGWELL | Conductor
MALENA DAYEN & STEFANOS KORONEOS | Directors
JON DE GAETANO | Lighting Designer
GUADALUPE MARIN | Original Artwork
SANGMIN CHAE | Projections
MATTHEW DEINHART | Projections
ANITA SIBONY DE ADELSBERG | Stage Design
THERESA MILES | Costume Design
CHANAN BEN SIMON | Live Feed Cameraman
OLIVIA MANNA, mezzosoprano
SOPHIA DAVIS, mezzosoprano
MELISSA FUTCH | Stage Manager
PAVEL SULIANDZIGA | Assistant Stage Manager
FRANCISCO MIRANDA | Subtitles
GERARD GARZA | Programs & Marketing
OFELIA TREVINO & ASHLEIGH AYRES | Production Managers
MAGGIE HINTON | Assistant to Artistic Director
RODRIGO ILIZALITURRI | Assistant Conductor
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