Opera 100: An opera synopsis in just one hundred words!

Composer: Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Librettist: Giuseppe Adami, based on the play La houppelande by Didier Gold
At sunset on the River Seine, Michele, owner of a barge, watches the stevedores finish their work, unaware that one of them, Luigi, is the lover of his wife Giorgetta. Michele’s suspicions grow when he meets them both. When Michele departs, Giorgetta arranges a rendezvous with Luigi for later that night. Conversely, Michele begs Giorgetta that they return to their former love and happiness; she rebuffs him. When meeting Luigi, and tormented by thoughts of his wife’s betrayal, Michele kills him upon getting him to confess to his disloyalty. Giorgetta returns and, in triumph, Michele reveals the corpse of Luigi.


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