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
LAURETTA, his daughter ∙ CHLOE MORGAN
ZITA, cousin of Buoso Donati ∙ SARA FULGONI
RINUCCIO, Zita’s nephew ∙ LUIS GOMES
GHERARDO, Buoso’s nephew ∙ JEFFREY LLOYD ROBERTS
GUCCIO, a dyer ∙ Played by JEFFREY LLOYD ROBERTS sung by WILLIAM DAZELEY
NELLA, Gherardo’s wife ∙ AILISH TYNAN
GHERARDINO, their son ∙ LORCAN VOADEN
BETTO DI SIGNA, Buoso’s brother in-law / MAESTRO SPINELLOCCIO, a doctor & notary ∙ ALAN EWING
SIMONE, cousin of Buoso ∙ JEREMY WHITE
MARCO, Simone’s son / PINELLINO, a cobbler ∙ EMYR WYN JONES
LA CIESCA, Marco’s wife ∙ JESSICA COSTELLOE