One of Spoleto’s grand operas this year is a double bill featuring Puccini’s Le Villi and Umberto Giordano’s Mese Mariano. Le Villi, Puccini’s first, rarely seen opera, is about a young man who abandons his lover and is then tormented by her spirit after she dies. Mese Mariano is about a woman who longs to see her son that she gave up to an orphanage when he was young. The main roles in both pieces are sung by Jennifer Rowley, a soprano who worked as the understudy for Desdemona in Otello at the Metropolitan Opera. You can read all about it here. Check out our videos from the dress rehearsal below.