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2010-2011 Season

Two one act operas with one intermission.

Gianni Schicchi (cast list)
By Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano

In Italian with English supertitles

Three Decembers (cast list)
By Jake Heggie

Libretto by Gene Scheer
In English with supertitles

Based on Some Christmas Letters,
An Original Play By Terrence McNally
A re-presentation of the acclaimed 2010 Central City Opera production.

Brent McMunn, conductor
Ken Cazan, stage director

USC Thornton Opera Program and the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra present an evening of “families in crisis” as seen from two very different perspectives. Puccini’s hilarious and sweet Gianni Schicchi tells of a family who have lost their inheritance to a remote monastery. They seek the aid of the wily Gianni Schicchi who uses his innate talents to rescue them from destitution. Or does he? Jake Heggie’s tender and real Three Decembers relates the story of Madeleine Mitchell, a famous, aging Broadway actress and her estrangement from her gay son and alcoholic daughter. Set over three decades of Christmases, this alternately funny and devastating piece has something for everyone to identify with. Two families, two very different sets of crises, one funny and moving evening—that’s what good opera theatre is all about!

These performances are rated PG 13
for language and mature subject matter.


November 17, 2010 | 8:00 PM
November 19, 2010 | 8:00 PM
November 21, 2010 | 2:00 PM
Bing Theatre

Tickets: (213) 740-2167

$18 general admission
$12 seniors & non-USC students
Free admission at the door with valid USC ID

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