Today, Marco Tutino's new opera, Two Women, with a libretto in Italian by Fabio Ceresa and the composer, will be performed in San Francisco, at the War Memorial Opera House.
It is Tutino's 13th opera, since Pinocchio in 1983. The composer's lyrical output includes The Servant (2008) and Senso (2011). The libretto, based on Alberto Moravia's novel La Ciociara, was first transformed into a script by Luca Rossi, then adapted to the opera stage.
As the Allies invade Italy toward the end of World War II, a strong-willed widow and her 16-year-old daughter flee Rome for the nearby mountains in a vain attempt to find safety. (reproduced from the San Francisco opera website)The complete libretto (two acts) is available for download from the San Francisco opera website.
The cast includes soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cesira), soprano Sarah Shafer (Rosetta), tenor Dimitri Pittas (Michele) and baritone Mark Delavan (Giovanni). Nicola Luisotti conducts the chorus and the orchestra. Francesca Zambello directs. The opera should last about 2 hours and 40 minutes, including the intermission.