Puccini - Gianni Schicchi (Blu-ray) | Dynamic 57874

Puccini - Gianni Schicchi (Blu-ray)

£21.56

Label: Dynamic

Cat No: 57874

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Expected Release Date: 21st August 2020

Contents

Artists

Bruno de Simone
Francesca Longari
Anna Maria Chiuri
Dave Monaco
Antonio Gares
Costanza Fontana
Matteo Lantieri
Francesco Venuti
Eugenio Di Lieto
Min Kim
Giada Frasconi
Enrico Marabelli
Shuxin Li
Adam Jon
Fabrizio Casagrande
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Conductor

Valerio Galli

Works

Puccini, Giacomo

Gianni Schicchi

Artists

Bruno de Simone
Francesca Longari
Anna Maria Chiuri
Dave Monaco
Antonio Gares
Costanza Fontana
Matteo Lantieri
Francesco Venuti
Eugenio Di Lieto
Min Kim
Giada Frasconi
Enrico Marabelli
Shuxin Li
Adam Jon
Fabrizio Casagrande
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Conductor

Valerio Galli

About

When Il trittico premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera in December 1918, Gianni Schicchi became an immediate hit. The libretto is based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. The action in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi takes place in Buoso Donati’s bedroom in 13th-century Florence, immediately after his death, as his greedy relatives feign grief and search for his will. The mood shifts to anger when the relatives discover that they have been disinherited. They seek out the clever and resourceful Schicchi to make a counterfeit will. Schicchi, however, turns their scheme against them, bequeathing most of the dead man’s fortune to himself while the relatives, all parties to the crime of forgery, are forced to sit by silently.

The aria “O mio babbino caro” is one of Puccini's most popular arias for soprano. Bruno de Simone plays the character of Gianni Schicchi. As Italy's finest basso buffo, he is perfect for this role. Puccini completed the score on 20 April 1918, eight months before the scheduled premiere. At that performance it was presented as the third part of a trilogy of newly written one-act operas by Puccini billed as Il trittico (The Triptych); the first two were Il tabarro (The Cloak) and Suor Angelica(Sister Angelica). Il tabarro was a dark tragedy and Suor Angelica a sweet one, so by closing with Gianni Schicchi Puccini rounded off the night with a high-spirited comic farce. Critical reaction at the time judged that Gianni Schicchi was “an uproarious delight”, and it was the most favourably received of the three.

New staging of the Teatro del Giglio di Lucca in cooperation with the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

‘Bruno De Simone plays Gianni Schicchi successfully...’ – Il Reporter

‘Francesca Longari gives life to a Lauretta with delicate movements and timbre [...] Dave Monaco, an extremely pleasant and peaceful tenor.’ – TeatriOnline

Cast:
- Gianni Schicchi: Bruno de Simone
- Lauretta: Francesca Longari
- Zita detta La Vecchia: Anna Maria Chiuri
- Rinuccio: Dave Monaco
- Gherardo: Antonio Garés
- Nella: Costanza Fontana
- Gherardino: Matteo Lantieri
- Betto di Signa: Francesco Venuti
- Simone: Eugenio Di Lieto
- Marco: Min Kim
- La Ciesca: Giada Frasconi
- Maestro Spinelloccio / Ser Amantio di Nicolao: Enrico Marabelli
- Pinellino: Shuxin Li
- Guccio: Adam Jon
- Extra: Fabrizio Casagrande

Director, set, costume and light designer: Denis Krief

Recording date & place: 20-23 November 2019 – Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Video format / Aspect ratio: 16:9 1080/60 1 BD 25
Audio format: PCM Stereo 2.0 / DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio
Region code: 0 – All regions
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Notes: Italian, English
Duration: 56:39 mins.

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