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UNC Opera: Il Sogno di Scipione (Scipio’s Dream)

November 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm


UNC Opera performs Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione (Scipio’s Dream).

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

We meet our hero, Scipione, as he is getting ready for bed—milk and cookies in hand, sitting down to read his favorite book on the universe. As he drifts off to sleep, he wakes up in a dream, encountering the Goddesses Fortune and Constancy. He is told that he must chose only one of them to worship throughout his life on earth, but first, he just needs some time to think! Scipio sings “RIsolver non osa”, expressing how overwhelmed he is about all of the wonder that exists in outer space! Each in her turn, Fortune and Constancy try to tempt Scipio to follow them—Fortune with her aria “Lieve sono al par del vento”, expressing her changing nature, and Constancy persuades with her aria “Ciglio che al sol si gira”—life’s a beach!

Though each goddess is rather convincing, Scipione needs more perspective and is visited by his ancestor Publio (a famous astronaut) and his father Emilio (who bears a strong resemblance to Mozart, himself). Publio is announced by a chorus of heros (“Germe di cento eroi”) and begins by telling Scipione to always remember their greatness, trying to live up it at all times, “Se vuoi che te raccolgano”. Scipione then speaks with his father, who puts into perspective how small his cares seem so far away on that little dot called Earth, covered in polluted clouds (“Voi colaggiù ridete”). Publio revisits Scipione, letting him know that we can all weather the storms of adversity (“Quercia annosa su l’erte pendici”), especially if he works to clean up the planet!

Fortuna and Constancy make one more plea for Scipione’s affections in their arias “A chi serena io mira” and “Biancheggia in mar lo scoglio”. Costanza’s offer is much sweeter than Fortuna’s and, therefore, Scipione chooses constancy over fickle fortune. This does not go over well with Fortuna, who starts a battle of the ‘Bots! As in any scary dream, Scipio wakes up just in time to avoid danger—content with his choice.

Our opera concludes with a word from our sponsors in “Ah perche cercar degg’io”. (Marc Callahan, UNC Opera Director)

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 students/UNC faculty and staff.


November 16, 2019
8:00 pm
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James and Susan Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall
135 E. Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States