San Francisco Opera
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- August 12 through September 16 (Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm.
Kip teaches online about Verdi for San Francisco State University
Viva Verdi! Opera and the Birth of Modern Italy
- September 14 through November 2. 2021, Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:40am.
Kip teaches online for the Fromm Institute as USF:
From Page to Stage: Transforming Great Literature into Opera
- October 3, 2021, 1:00pm
The Young Verdi
· October 22, 2021, 5:00pm
Kip talks at the Commonwealth Club on
Dante at the Opera: From the Divine Comedy to a Comic Puccini Delight
In The Inferno, Part One of The Divine Comedy, the famed Italian poet Dante introduces the condemned sinner Gianni Schicchi, consigned to the Eighth Circle of Hell along with others guilty of fraud. His crime: impersonating the deceased Buoso Donati to falsify Buoso's will for his own benefit. Dante personally knew the Donatis (he was married to one), and therein lies an intriguing tale of medieval Florentine society. The story of this fraudulent will and the legend surrounding it became the inspiration for the famed composer Giacomo Puccini's only comic opera. After outlining the Dante-Puccini connection, San Francisco Opera's Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will present brief video highlights from the opera Gianni Schicchi, including the ever-popular aria "O mio babbino caro."