Music by Giacomo Puccini, Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano

Director: Richard Jones

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, led by Antonio Pappano

Principal roles:

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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