L’AMICO FRITZ @ Sarasota Opera

By Pietro Mascagni

Conducted by David Neely, Set Design by Michael Schweikardt, Costume Design by Howard Tsvi Kaplan, Lighting Design by Ken Yunker, Artistic Administrator – Greg Trupiano, Executive Director – Susan Danis, Artistic Director – Victor DeRenzi

Photographs by Richard Termine

(Reviews Below Slideshow)

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Michael Corvino, Heather Johnson, Michael Unger, Catherine Cangiano
Michael Corvino, Heather Johnson, Michael Unger, Catherine Cangiano
Michael Unger, Heather Johnson, Maestro David Neely
Michael Unger, Heather Johnson, Maestro David Neely
Michael Unger with his parents and the Goldsmiths on opening night
Michael Unger with his parents and the Goldsmiths on opening night
Catherine Cangiano, Michael Unger
Catherine Cangiano, Michael Unger
Heather Johnson, Michael Corvino, Michael Unger
Heather Johnson, Michael Corvino, Michael Unger
Heather Johnson, Michael Corvino
Heather Johnson, Michael Corvino
Catherine Cangiano, Maestro David Neely
Catherine Cangiano, Maestro David Neely
Maestro Victor DeRenzi, Michael Unger, Stephanie Sundine
Maestro Victor DeRenzi, Michael Unger, Stephanie Sundine

To put it bluntly, this three-act opera, directed with strength and understanding by Michael Unger was so appealing, we were left wondering why it’s not performed more often. Unger’s was the first we’ve seen that made the ethnicity of the characters clear. Unger’s characterizations made sense and added to the warmth of the people populating the opera. This production is terrific. (Longboat Observer)