Gianni Come Lately

allenThe LA Opera announced today that 71-year-old Woody Allen will direct Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” for the opening of the 2008/9 season. “I have no idea what I am doing,” said Allen in a press release, “but incompetence has never prevented me from plunging in with enthusiasm.”

More from the release:

“I am delighted to announce that LA Opera will open its 2008/09 Season with a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Il Trittico, to be staged by two Academy Award-winning film directors,” announced Plácido Domingo, who holds the title of Broad General Director of Los Angeles Opera. “The three operas that make up Puccini’s unique ‘triptych’ will be split between Woody Allen, who will make his operatic debut directing Gianni Schicchi, and William Friedkin, who will return to LA Opera to direct Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. Music Director James Conlon will conduct, and the production will be designed by Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto, with lighting designed by Mark Jonathan.” The production will open on September 6, 2008, to be followed on September 7 by LA Opera’s U.S. premiere of Howard Shore’s The Fly, directed by David Cronenberg and conducted by Plácido Domingo. Performances will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.

“I’ve seduced many a film director into directing opera, starting with John Schlesinger and The Tales of Hoffmann at London’s Covent Garden,” Mr. Domingo continued. “I will admit that my pursuit of Woody takes the prize of the longest pursuit, because LA Opera Chairman and CEO Marc Stern and I first started talking to him some four years ago. I’m especially thrilled that this new Trittico will have the collaboration of both Woody and Billy, because Billy already gave us his take on Puccini’s comic masterpiece five years ago in connection with Bartók’s brooding Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.”

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