Afternoon at the Opera

Two Women

Injured man and two women on stage

San Francisco Opera

From the Opera’s webpage:

The San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Italian composer Marco Tutino’s Two Women (La Ciociara), with a libretto by the composer and Fabio Ceresa, as part of the Company’s 2015 Summer Season.

This moving drama follows a strong-willed widow and her teenage daughter in World War II as they flee from Rome to provincial Ciociaria in a vain attempt to find safety. Starring as Cesira is Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, who has garnered outstanding reviews throughout Europe and for her rare North American performances. Sung in Italian, Two Women (La Ciociara) will be conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti and directed by Francesca Zambello, director of the Company’s 2011 Ring cycle. This world premiere co-production with Turin’s Teatro Regio features sets designed by Peter Davison, costumes by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Mark McCullough and both new and vintage projections by S. Katy Tucker depicting the Italian locales and the drama of World War II.

Two Women (La Ciociara) marks the fifteenth opera written by Marco Tutino. Recognized as one of the founders of the Italian “neo-romantic” school of composition, Tutino has written operas, chamber music and symphonic works that have been performed by leading opera companies and orchestras throughout Europe, including Milan’s La Scala, Genoa Opera, Palermo’s Teatro Massimo, Venice’s Teatro La Fenice and the BBC Symphony. Two Women (La Ciociara) is the seventh new work commissioned for San Francisco Opera by David Gockley.