Wanda L. Bass School of Music
Following 2021's world premiere in Italy, Jake Landau and Andrea DelGiudice's one-act opera "Pietà" holds its American premiere.
"Pietà" was written to pair with Puccini's Suor Angelica, focusing on Puccini's antagonist, "La Zia Principessa" and her early relationships with Angelica, Genovieffa, and Angelica's lost baby boy. The two one-act operas will be presented as intended, together.
Music by Jake Landau
Libretto by Jake Landau and Andrea DelGiudice.
Pietà // Suor Angelica directed and conceived by Andrea DelGiudice.
Venice,the early 1700s. Winter.
Cast against the dark, sinful city, the Ospedale della Pietà glows with hope, humor, and music. The Pietà is an orphanage that takes girls off the street and trains them to sing and play instruments, forming one of Europe’s most elite orchestras. These figlie (“daughters”of the Pietà) only ever perform from behind an impenetrable lattice, hidden from their audiences for propriety’s sake. They are cared for within the walls, but they are kept under strict lock and key by the religious officials who run the institution.
The Pietà’s two wealthy Padroni (masters),Ugo and Editta, have a teenage “grandson” named Giorgio, though their relationship is not quite so simple. Giorgio is in love with a figlia named Genovieffa, but when he takes her home to meet his grandparents, those long-repressed family secrets rush to the surface. His “grandmother” Editta, Suor Angelica’s“La Zia Principessa”, sees a chance through Genovieffa to fight her way out of years of shame and denial over what she did to her young niece Angelica—and to Angelica’s own baby, Giorgio.