L’amico Fritz

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L’amico Fritz by Pietro Mascagni

Opera composed by Pietro Mascagni, libretto by P. Suardon (Nicola Daspuro) based on the novel ‘L’ami Fritz’ by Emile Erckmann and Pierre-Alexandre Chatrian.
Premiered October 31, 1891 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 8pm
Sunday, January 25th, 2015 at 3pm

At the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School
425 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Directed by Matthew Haney

Orchestra conducted by Andy Anderson

Cast:

Suzel: Gina Galati

Fritz Kobus: Jorge Pita Carreras

Beppe: Sara Louise Petrocelli

Frederico: Clark Sturdevant

Hanezo: Winston Sullivan

David: Eric McKeever

Caterina: Sharon Sullivan

 

Synopsis:

Act 1

Fritz Kobus, a wealthy landowner, is in discussion with the local rabbi, David. They are discussing a recent engagement, and despite his disdain for marriage Fritz agrees to provide the dowry for a young couple. Fritz’s friends join him for his birthday celebration, and he is given a bouquet by Suzel, the daughter of one of his tenants. David comments that Suzel will make a good bride and that he will find her a husband, but Fritz protests that she is too young. They argue about marriage and Fritz bets David one of his vineyards that he will never get married.

Act 2

Suzel is picking cherries when Fritz approaches. He helps her pick cherries until his friends arrive, and Fritz leaves with them to look over the farms. David stays behind, suggesting to Suzel that she might be a bride. She becomes embarrassed and leaves. Fritz returns and David mentions that he thinks he has found the right man for Suzel to marry, which upsets Fritz. Left alone, Fritz finally realizes that he is in love with Suzel.

Act 3

Beppe is trying to cheer Fritz up with a song, but all Fritz can think about is Suzel. David arrives and tells Fritz that Suzel is engaged to a fine young man and her father will soon ask for Fritz’s blessing. Fritz angrily refuses and stomps out. Suzel enters and David reassures her that everything will be alright, but when left alone she voices her despair and love for Fritz. Fritz enters and asks about her engagement, quickly perceiving that she does not love her betrothed. Fritz admits his true feelings for her, and she in turn tells him that she loves him. David returns and declares that he has won his wager with Fritz, saying that he will give his winnings, the vineyard, to Suzel as a wedding present.