Binghamton University presentation to highlight Puccini’s first opera


            A presentation focusing on Puccini's first operatic work, “Le Villi,” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, in room 170 of the Fine Arts building on the Binghamton University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

            Titled “The Willies, Puccini Style,” the presentation will feature an historical recording of "Le Villi," from the University's Frances R. Conole Archives, which is devoted to the preservation of vocal art recorded over the last 90 years.

            Puccini wrote this opera in 1882 while still a student to participate in a competition. Although he failed to win, this opera attract the attention of Giulio Ricordi, a 19th-century publisher-patron, who not only published the score, but also arranged the première at Teatro dal Verme in Milán.

            Based on a Rhine legend, the opera tells the story of Roberto and Anna who are engaged to be married. But before the wedding, Roberto goes to the city to collect his inheritance. Enchanted by a siren, Roberto forgets Anna, who dies after waiting months for his return. Anna becomes a villi—a ghostly fairy who has suffered from heartbreak— and with the villis, she has her revenge on Roberto.

            For more information, contact Tom MacDonald from the Binghamton Bel Canto Society, at 607-724-8250.

Last Updated: 9/17/13