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(Puccini: Il tabarro). Sop. Wife of Michele, owner of a barge on the River Seine in Paris. She is much younger than her husband. Their only child has died. She is having an affair with Luigi, one of the stevedores who works on the barge. Her husband wonders why she has become so unresponsive to his approaches. She and Luigi discuss with other workers their dreams and hopes and Giorgetta confesses that her own dream is to return to the bustling life in Paris where she was born. She wishes Michele would sell the barge and return to the city to live. Luigi and Giorgetta have a signal—when it is safe for him to come to her, she will light a match. One evening, after she has gone to their room, her husband stays on deck suspiciously watching her window. He lights his pipe, inadvertently sending the signal to Luigi, whom he catches and kills. Giorgetta returns to the deck, asking to be warmed under her husband's cloak, as they did in the old days. He opens his cloak to reveal the body of her lover. Created (1918) by Claudia Muzio.

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