Marco Tutino's 'Two Women (La Ciociara)',
reviewed by JAMES SOHRE
With an intentional nod to verismo opera, its lush melodies, and orchestral effects, San Francisco Opera successfully presented the world premiere of composer Marco Tutino's Two Women (La Ciociara).
Mr Tutino collaborated on the Italian libretto with Fabio Ceresa, adapting the story from a script by Luca Rossi, and based on the novel La Ciociara by Albert Moravia. The two women of the title are the central character Cesira and her fourteen-year old daughter Rosetta. When World War II brings allied bombs and soldiers to Italy, the pair flee Rome, but not before a business colleague (the evil Giovanni) rapes Cesira during an air raid...
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