Giacomo Puccini’s most often performed opera. On April 12th and 14th, 2013, at the New Orleans Opera. Derived from a play by David Belasco, itself drawn from a novella written by John Luther Long in 1898, Puccini became fascinated by the clash of cultures and religions depicted in the drama between the European/American/Christian and the Asian/Japanese/Buddhist landscapes so beautifully outlined in the play he first saw in London.
This opera was Donizetti’s most popular comedy (opera buffa) in his lifetime and today is one of the twelve most performed operas world wide. On Friday, March 1, 2013, at 7:30 PM at the Baton Rouge River Center. The plot of the story has to do with the inability of a poor peasant, Nemoreno, to attract the attention of Adina, the beautiful daughter of a rich landowner. He overhears Adina reading the story of Tristan and Isolde and decides to seek a similar magic potion to win Adina’s love.