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Puccini's only comic opera. The title character is an historical figure mentioned in Dante's The Inferno
. Puccini's scheming, comic subverter, Gianni Schicchi, does leave some hope for the future. Whilst his resourcefulness and cunning at times appear to have suspect motivations, Gianni Schicchi assures the happiness of the lovers, his daughter Lauretta, and Rinuccio. Puccini's comic score includes some of his most dexterous and brilliant writing. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Approx running time 2 hours 30 minutes (with L'Heure Espagnole). New ProductionPerformers Bryn Terfel (Gianni Schicchi), Dina Kuznetzova (Lauretta), Elena Zilio (Zita), Saimir Pirgu (Rinuccio), Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (Gherardo), Joan Rodgers (Nella).
Author Puccini (1918). Lyrics Giovacchino Forzano. Producer Royal Opera. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Director Richard Jones. Design John Macfarlane. Costume Nicky Gillibrand. Lighting Mimi Jordan Sherin.
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