A double bill of two comic operas
BASTIANELLO COMPOSER: JOHN MUSTO
LUCREZIA COMPOSER: WILLIAM BOLCOM
Bastianello/Lucrezia is a double bill of chamber operas, originally scored for five singers and two pianists.
Bastianello is based on a sentences-long comic folk tale and takes place in rural Italy in the 1700s.
Lucrezia is a zarzuela riff on Machiavelli’s La Mandragola and re-imagines the comedy’s heroine as the mistress of her own seduction, satirizing the church, marriage and motherhood as it moves to its happy conclusion. The story has been rewritten from the viewpoint of the play’s heroine, Lucrezia, and is reset in Argentina in 1870. A young man has fallen deeply in love with Lucrezia who herself is in an unhappy and sexless marriage with an older man. Through various ruses and schemes that involve Lucrezia’s mother and priest, the young man, abetted by a friend, succeeds in bedding Lucrezia, only to learn she has been in on the plot all along.