la giara THE WATER JUG
Inside the fairytale Italian palazzo, filled with gold mirrors, fountains, operatic music and singing birds, sad spirits long for love to quell the family curse.
A Musical Memoir
by Patricia King Haddad
A Story about Longing
Hot-tempered Nunzio, explosive as Mount Etna in Sicily, thinks he wears the pantaloni in his family until his wife and two daughters suddenly disappear...
La Giara (The Water Jug) merges Italian Folk and Opera with Brazilian Choro and Jazz, telling the story of a family’s emigration from Sicily to Philadelphia. Comprised of dramatic and comedic compositions, La Giara expresses themes relevant to gender oppression and cultural losses that immigrant families transcended while adapting to a new world.
"A Music Score that evokes melodies of Puccini, swing of American Ragtime, lyrics of Gilbert and Sullivan, drive of Brazilian rhythm, and memorable songs of Musical Theater." Jimmy Raiford, Independent Broadcast Networks
Narration and Music excerpts
Video of live performance