For those in the opera know, Gianni Schicchi contains one of the most famous soprano arias ever: "O Mio Babbino Caro," ("Oh My Beloved Father"). Composed in 1918 by Giacomo Puccini, who is considered to be one of the greatest Italian composers, the story follows the actions of a small family as they read the last will and testament of their recently deceased patriarch.
Despite the intimidating pronunciation, Gianni Schicchi (JAN-ee SKEE-kee) is as madcap as as an old rerun of I Love Lucy and is slapstick comedy at its Italian, operatic best.
Trouble in Tahiti, meanwhile, is also comedic but, according to Opera Idaho, it's a dark comedy more along the lines of Mad Men. With music and libretto by Leonard Bernstein, and set in the mid-20th century, Trouble in Tahiti tells the story of an unhappy, dysfunctional, young married couple, Sam and Dinah.
Both operas will share the stage in back-to-back performances at the Egyptian Theatre, with Opera Idaho stars Michele and Jason Detwiler playing the roles of Sam and Dinah in Tahiti, and Jason performing the title role in Gianni Schicchi, which gets a 1950s update to visually match its counterpart.
Intermission will provide ample opportunity for brushing up on handy Italian phrases such as "Un bicchiere di vino, per favore" and "Si, avro un altro." In English: "A glass of wine, please" and, "Yes, I'll have another."
Opera and adult libations--molto buono!