Gianni Schicchi to be broadcast on BBC Four on Friday
Watch the third and final of Puccini’s Il trittico, directed by Richard Jones.
Rebecca Evans as Nella, Alan Oke as Gherardo, Francesco Demuro as Rinuccio, Robert Poulton as Marco, Elena Zilio as Zita, Gwynne Howell as Simone, Marie McLaughlin as La Ciesca and Jeremy White as Betto Di Signa in Gianni Schicchi © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
The one-act comedy tells the tale of the eponymous Gianni Schicchi who attempts to profit from the will of the recently deceased Buoso. The libretto is based on an incident in Dante’s The Divine Comedy and, among other musical highlights, contains Lauretta’s gorgeous aria ‘O mio babbino caro’, sung in Richard Jones’s production by Ekaterina Siurina.
In the run up to opening night, ROH News contributor Gavin Plumley wrote an introduction to Gianni Schicchi on his blog, Entartete Musik. Find out how Puccini wrote the opera as well as about its influences.
This broadcast follows earlier broadcasts of Il tabarro and Suor Angelica, the latter of which is still available to watch for a limited time on BBC iPlayer. The trio have also recently been released on DVD.
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