Il Segreto di Susanna

July 24, 7pm

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s whimsical one-act opera of suspicious jealousy, titillating scandal, and happy surprises will win your hearts! Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the first performance since 1911!

Show runtime is under one (1) hour.
There will not be an intermission.

Cast

Emily Birsan, Countess Susanna
Stephen Powell, Count Gil
Richard Smith, Sante
Emanuele Andrizzi, conductor
Ella Marchment, director
Richard Smith, choreographer
Izumi Inaba, costume design
Bridget Williams, lighting design
Lakeside Artist Guild
Opera Festival of Chicago Chamber Players

Cast

Emily Birsan

Countess Susanna

Emily Birsan

Countess Susanna

Stephen Powell

Count Gil

Stephen Powell

Count Gil

Richard Smith

Sante

Richard Smith

Sante

Ella Marchment

Director

Ella Marchment

Director

Emanuele Andrizzi

Music Director

Emanuele Andrizzi

Music Director

Synopsis

Il Segreto di Susanna is an operatic farce in one act, which revolves around a comedy of errors. Count Gil becomes convinced that his young wife, Susanna is cheating on him. He has jumped to this conclusion when he realises that she has gone out without him, and also that she has returned smelling of smoke.

Gil takes it upon himself to confront Susanna about the smell, but when confronted she becomes evasive, only compounding his doubts. His rage increases to the point that he decides to leave the house. When he does Susanna collapses into a chair and immediately proceeds to light a cigarette with Sante (a dancer attempting to make his way in New York City, who has been given free home stay in return for help around the house). However, once out of the house Gil changes his mind and comes charging back in. Susanna does not have time to put the lit cigarette out, and when Gil burns himself on it he discovered her secret.

Despite declaring to not like smoking earlier in the opera, as an act of reconciliation Gil decides that he will smoke too with Susanna. His anger has vanished and peace is restored in the family home.

Athenaeum Theatre

2936 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

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