Balázs Szálinger: Chrysanthemums, or The Death of Liù
June 9., Sunday 20:00
Chamber piece with lots of music, in Hungarian
- Eiffel Art Studios – Bánffy Stage
- June 9, 2019
- Start time
- 8 p.m.
- End time
- 9:15 p.m.
Puccini is in the middle of writing his opera La Fanciulla del West. For the past four years, Doria Manfredi has been working as a servant in the Puccini household, where she is treated as a member of the family. She worships the master, who, although happy to be living surrounded by his family, always seeks a new muse for each work. He has just found the model for the opera’s female protagonist in the person of Doria’s cousin Giulia. Puccini’s wife, Elvira, senses that her husband has got mixed up in a new affair, but a misunderstanding leads her to very publicly accuse Doria of betrayal. The young girl escapes by taking her own life, but Puccini makes her immortal by using her as the basis for the self-sacrificing servant Liù in Turandot. Her aria is the last bit of music that the master sets to paper before his death.