April 5-7, 2019, New Moon Opera will perform a double bill of one-act operas, Il Campanello by Gaetano Donizetti and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini. While both operas are comedic Italian operas, they are decidedly different in style. Il Campanello is from a 19th century opera style called bel canto, while Gianni Schicchi is from a later opera style called verismo. (To learn more about the background and stories of these two operas, check out our earlier blog posts!)
This December, New Moon Opera will be performing the operas Bagatelle and Mesdames de la Halle by Jacques Offenbach. Mesdames de la Halle is rarely performed in the U.S., but it is done almost every year in France. Part of the reason may be because the opera takes places in the storied Les Halles, an open air market in the heart of Paris, which is held dear to Parisians and has been a source of discourse on how Paris should look for over a thousand years.