When 60-year-old Puccini decided to compose his first comedy, he chose as his subject a Florentine con-man famed for his powers of mimicry. Everyone knew about him and his wicked ways. Dante depicted him in the Divine Comedy doing terrible things.
But Puccini saw the funny side.
The head of the wealthy Donati family dies and leaves his immense fortune to a monastery. Against their snobbish instincts, the distraught family call upon an outsider Gianni Schicchi to “fix” the problem.
GIANNI SCHICCHI • WILLIAM DAZELEY
SIMONE • JEREMY WHITE
BETTO & CO • ALAN EWING
ZITA • SARA FULGONI
NELLA • AILISH TYNAN
GHERARDO • JEFFREY LLOYD ROBERTS
GHERARDINO • LORCAN BUCKLEY
LA CIESCA • JESSICA COSTELLOE
MARCO • EMYR WYN JONES
RINUCCIO • LUIS GOMES
LAURETTA • CHLOE MORGAN
BUOSO DONATI • JEREMY SEAM
DIRECTOR • STEPHEN MEDCALF
MUSIC DIRECTOR & PIANO • CHRIS HOPKINS
CINEMATOGRAPHER • DANIEL ZAFER
VIDEO EDITOR • FINTAN O’CONNOR
SOUND RECORDING • RODRIGO LEAL Wigmore Hall
SOUND MIX & EDIT • TOM MARSHALL