- Sunday, February 2 , 2020 2pm
- Friday, February 7, 2020 7:30pm
- Sunday, February 9, 2020 2pm
Music / Daniel Catán
Libretto / Daniel Catán
Based on the novel “Ardiente Paciencia” by Antonio Skármeta and the film by Michael Radford
Sung in Spanish with English Supertitles
When exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda arrives on a tiny Italian island, he receives so much fan mail that Mario is hired as his personal postman. Mario soon becomes Neruda’s student, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid. Inspired by Neruda, Mario’s poetic voice continues to take wing as he expresses the struggles of his fellow working-class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman is forever a changed man.
The sounds of the Mediterranean come alive in Catán’s stunningly beautiful, Puccini-esque score – a story of love in its many forms, set against a backdrop of conflicting political and spiritual ideologies.
Beatrice Russo / Cecilia Violetta Lopez
Mario Ruoppolo / Alex Richardson
Pablo Neruda / Raul Melo
Matilde Neruda / Cammy Cook
Donna Rosa / Lina Ramos
Mario’s Father / John Tiranno
Giorgio / Paul Bower
Di Cosimo / Ivan Conrad
Conductor / Guillermo Figueroa
Director/ Crystal Manich
Running time: 2.5 hours including one 20 minute intermission
-English translations projected above the stage for all operas-
Originally Commissioned by Los Angeles Opera
©2010 by Associated Music Publishers Inc.(BMI) New York, NY. Used by Permission.