Trial By Jury and Gianni Schicchi

A Lyric Theatre Mainstage Production
Fully staged, in English, with orchestra and supertitles

Trial By Jury
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
 
Gianni Schicchi
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano
(sung in English)

An Iconic-Comic Double Bill!

Lyric Theatre proudly presents two of the most famous one act music productions in the repertoire, Gilbert and Sullivan’s first collaborative effort, Trial By Jury, and Giacomo Puccini’s comic farce Gianni Schicchi.

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Gilbert & Sullivan’s only opera without spoken dialog is a light hearted, farcical satire on the legal system.  Written in 1875, it was the now-famous team’s first joint success in theater, and has been regularly performed ever since.

Trial By Jury promises us a typical day in England’s Court of the Exchequer, in the same way that an episode of People’s Court is a typical day in a modern court.  Angelina, a young jilted bride, is suing her fiancée Edwin for breach of promise.  Years before the “pre-nup,” marriage was already a financial as well as romantic transaction!

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Puccini’s last completed opera is a masterpiece of character and wit, and shows the great master at the height of his powers. Featuring the famous soprano aria “O mio Babbino, caro” the cast is truly an ensemble; there is no chorus and every singer plays a unique character.

The plot involves the Donati Family, sadly bereaved at the recent death of their beloved Uncle Buoso.  Or are they?  Grieving soon turns to thoughts of the rich man’s Will, with both young and old hungering for a piece of the old man’s estate. Unfortunately for them, the miserly old Buoso has left everything to a monastery! What to do?  Call on Gianni Schicchi to save the day!

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Come and enjoy these two iconic-comedies as we present both masterworks in the present day, poking fun at our modern lives, beliefs, fashions, and yes, “reality” TV!


Performances at the Montgomery Theater in Downtown San José
  • Sat, June 17, 2017, 8 pm
  • Sun, June 18, 2017, 2 pm
  • Fri, June 23, 2017, 8 pm
  • Sat, June 24, 2017, 2 pm
  • Sun, June 25, 2017, 2 pm
Stage Director:  Michael Morris
Music Director:  Bruce Olstad

Cast:  Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi – Brendan Stone
Lauretta – Maria Caycedo
Zita – Mayo Tsuzuki
Rinuccio – Gregory Spear
Gherardo – Daniel Galpin
Nella – Elizabeth Owen
Gherardino – Will Giblin
Betto – Jim Cowing
Simone – Daniel Morris
Marco – Matthew La Rochelle
La Ciesca – Jamie Woodhull
Maestro Spinelloccio – Jeffrey Lampert
Ser Amantio – Geoffrey Schaeffer
Pinellino – David Simon
Guccio – Dennis Gaushell
Buoso Donati – Barry Hayes

Cast:  Trial By Jury

The Learned Judge – Robert Solis
The Plaintiff Angelina – Sarah Benziger
The Defendant Edwin – Daniel Galpin
Counsel for the Plaintiff – Linda Kessel Solis
Usher – Geoffrey Schaeffer
Foreman of the Jury – David Simon
Bridesmaids – Kimberly Anjal, Elinor Gates, Amy Goymerac, Jennifer Randolph

Ensemble:

Sharon Beltracchi
Shirley Benson
George Burdick
Jim Cowing
Bob Crabb
Terri Crabb
Jane Crockford
Sabrina Cuddy
Doreen Finkelstein
Elinor Gates
Dennis Gaushell
Robyn Grei
Beverly Hansberry
Lynne Haynes-Tucker
Laurie Hupman
Connie Kleinjans
Kathy Kriese
Jeffrey Lampert
Doug Lippi
Teri Lockhart
Joanne Newman
Cheryl Passanisi
David Simon
Linda Todd
Will Todd
Karen Tricomo