Music by Giacomo Puccini, Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano
Director: Richard Jones
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, led by Antonio Pappano
Schicchi – Lucio Gallo
Lauretta – Ekaterina Siurina
Rinuccio – Francesco Demuro
Zitta – Elena Zilio
Simone – Gwynne Howell
Betto – Jeremy White
Marco – Robert Poulton
Ciesca – Marie McLaughlin
Gherardo – Alan Oke
Nella – Lisa Anne Robinson
The Royal Opera House Gianni Schicchi would have made Puccini very happy. Recently released as part of the Royal Opera collection of 18 productions on DVD, this one dating back to 2011, gives the 1918, one-act, 60-minute- long comic gem inspired stage direction of Richard Jones, superb conducting by Antonio Pappano, and a brilliant cast led by Italian baritone Lucio Gallo in the title role.
Everything in this modern dress take on Puccini’s madcap romp coalesces into musical and dramatic perfection including a production design that elevates tackiness to an art form, with a set design by John Macfarlane and costume design by Nicky Gillebrand.
The tech aspects of both video and sound are tops.
This DVD is part of the Royal Opera Collection ( OA1337BD / OABD7291BD).
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