IL PIGMALIONE + RITA
Chicago Opera Theater
"Imaginatively conceived, vigorously executed double bill..."
“Hutchison whipped up a lot of fun….
creatively produced, enchantingly played and sung. As the saying goes, a good time was had by all.”
“A worthy homage to Donizetti with kudos to Hutchison, Danzig and the creative team on this lively and witty production.”
"We have nothing but praise for Amy Hutchison’s stage direction.... Her abundant creativity is evident throughout. We left the theater with a feeling of joy."
“...thoughtful and engaging with RITA coming off as deliciously hilarious.”
- Hyde Park Herald
A double bill of one act operas by Gaetano Donizetti, spanning his career.
IL PIGMALIONE is the very genesis of Donizetti’s operatic canon. For this lyrical drama, we conjured the chiaroscuro of Italian neorealist cinema in the artist’s studio, a shrine to his obsession with his ideal love Galatea, who springs to life in answer to his prayers. For the second opera, RITA, the artist's studio transformed into a charming seaside cafe on the sun-soaked Amalfi coast, drenched in vibrant color, inspired by Italian fashion illustrator Rene Gruau. The farce was infused with commedia dell’arte techniques and dollops of dream-like absurdity, in an homage to Fellini.
Photos by Liz Lauren
Conductor Francesco Milioto
Scene Design William Boles
Costume Design Shanna Foster
Projection Design John Boesche
Lighting Design Ted Nazarowski
Clowning Direction Adrian Danzig