Anna Caterina Antonacci returns to headline the San Francisco Opera season, performing the role of Cesira in the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara.
Opening on 13 June 2015, Antonacci portrays a shopkeeper fleeing with her daughter from Rome in an attempt to escape the war. Bringing the stark scenes of world conflict to the stage, Antonacci expertly captures the vast array of emotions experienced, conducted by Nicola Luisotti and directed by Francesca Zambello.
This factual story by Alberto Moravia is best known as a 1960s film (Vittorio De Sica), which came to fame with Sophia Loren performing the lead role. In an interview with The Washington Post, Antonacci declared “the movie is very beautiful. Maternal love is the strongest thing in the opera. The music is modern but beautiful, it’s like Debussy.”
San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley commented, “Marco Tutino’s lush musical palette will remind the listener of Puccini, Leoncavallo and Mascagni. The stunning Italian diva Anna Caterina Antonacci, for whom Tutino wrote this piece, will lead a cast whose story will both break your heart and mend it with hope and reconciliation” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
Performances take place 13, 19, 23, 28 and 30 June 2015. For more information and tickets, click here
For the full interview with The Washington Post, click here