Le Villi and Mese Mariano 

When: Sat., May 25, 7 p.m., Mon., May 27, 7 p.m., Wed., May 29, 7 p.m., Fri., May 31, 7 p.m., Sun., June 2, 7 p.m., Tue., June 4, 7 p.m. and Fri., June 7, 7 p.m. 2013

What: The 2013 Festival presents an operatic double-bill by two beloved Italian composers. Giacomo Puccini and Umberto Giordano are well known, but their one-act operas Le Villi and Mese Mariano are not. While the two operas are very different in style, both are about women’s anguish. In Le Villi, the spirit of a woman haunts the man who jilted her. The villis of the title are the spirits of all abandoned women. The woman in Mese Mariano has been seduced and abandoned with a son to raise alone. The man she eventually marries forces her to leave the boy at an orphanage. The lead female roles in both operas will be sung by Jennifer Rowley. 2 hours, 15 minutes. Part of Spoleto Festival USA.

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