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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. New Production. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.Performers Alan Opie (Gianni Schicchi), Anna Patalong (Lauretta), Carole Wilson (Zita), Jung Soo Yun (Rinuccio), Neal Cooper (Gherardo), Sarah Redgwick (Nella), Simon Wilding (Betto), William Robert Allenby (Simone), Charles Johnston (La Ciesca), Aidan Smith (Master Spinelloccio), John Lofthouse (Amantio di Nicolao), Niall Windass (Gherardino), Dickon Gough (Pinellino), Mark Spyropoulos (Guccio).
Author Puccini (1918). Lyrics Giovacchino Forzano. Producer Holland Park. Company City of London Sinfonia. Conductor Manlio Benzi. Director Martin Lloyd-Evans. Design Susannah Henry. Lighting Colin Grenfell.
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