UNC Opera: Il Sogno di Scipio (Scipio’s Dream)
November 16 @ 8:00 pm$10
UNC Opera performs Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipio (Scipio’s Dream).
Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
Scipio (tenor), the conqueror of Carthage, is sleeping in the palace of King Massinissa. In a dream, in order to get through life he has to choose between Fortuna (soprano), or Fortune, who possesses all the riches of the world, and Constanza (soprano), or Constancy, rich in wisdom and worthy of trust. When he proves unable to choose, Constanza presents to him, in his dream, the happy residents of eternal abodes, where the heroes of the past dwell. Among these he recognises Publio (tenor), his adoptive father, who teaches him the virtues of a charitable life and reveals to him the soul’s immortality. He discovers his natural father, Emilio (tenor), who describes to him the futility of earthly existence and worry. Scipio asks to dwell among them. But before he can do that he must complete his mission on earth and fulfil his duties to Rome. Fortuna again presses Scipio to choose and promises him earthly power and success. Constanza offers him strength against adversity. He prefers the latter, provoking wrath and threats from Fortuna. Upon awakening, La Licenza enters and sums up the moral of the dream, praising the dedicatee’s virtues and paying him homage with the final chorus. (Opera Online)
Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 students/UNC faculty and staff.