GIANNI SCHICCHI

 

GIANNI SCHICCHI

A comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini

 

PRESENTED BY:

Cultural Center of the Philippines

in cooperation with Lyric Opera Philippines

under the auspices of Embassy of Italy in Manila

and Societa Dante Alighieri Comitato

 

DATE/TIME/ VENUE:

February 12, 2017 | 7:00PM

Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

  

THE STORY OF GIANNI SCHICCHI:

 

Like vultures, family members gather round the bed of the recently deceased aristocrat, Buoso Donati, to mourn his passing, while secretly hoping to inherit his great fortune. Betto, Donati's estranged brother-in-law, mentions a rumor that upsets the family. He has heard that Donati has left his entire fortune to a monastery. The family begins to frantically search for Donati's will. It is finally found by Rinuccio, the son of Donati's cousin, Zita. Rinuccio pulls Zita aside and asks for permission to marry Lauretta, the daughter of Gianni Schicchi. She tells him that he can marry whomever he pleases once he gains his inheritance.

 

Rinuccio sends a note to Gianni Schicchi and his daughter.

 

When the will is read, their fears have come true. Donati has in fact left his fortune to a monastery. When peasants, Gianni Schicchi and Lauretta arrive, they are treated poorly by the family. Rinuccio thinks that Schicchi can help recover Donati's wealth. Schicchi is insulted by the family's behavior and refuses to help. When Lauretta begs him (singing the famous "O mio babbino caro"), he finally changes his mind.

 

When Schicchi puts his plan in motion, he commands that everyone present mustn't tell anyone of Donati's death. They move the lifeless body into another room and call upon the doctor. Schicchi hides behind the bed curtains when the doctor arrives. Delighted in Donati's recovery, the doctor departs boasting of his admirable skills, none the wiser he has been duped. Schicchi now has paperwork documenting that Donati is still alive. Disguising himself as Donati, he begins to create a new will. The family couldn't be any happier as they start claiming possessions (each has secretly bribed Schicchi into including particular items for them in the will). It isn't long that death bells ring from the church. Fearing that news of Donati's death has spread, they are relieved to find out that the bells are signalling the death of their neighbor's servant. There are three remaining items that have yet to be distributed: the house, mule, and the mills. Since the family cannot determine who should get them, they leave it to Schicchi's discretion. When the notary arrives, Schicchi begins to dictate the new will. He lists the items that each family member has bribed him to include, which delights each one. However, he states that he leaves his house, mill, and mule to his "good friend, Gianni Schicchi." The family is instantly furious, but they are unable to say a word. Should they speak up, the notary will discover their ploy and void the will. Not only that, the law states that any lying party member will have their hand chopped off. When the new will is notarized and the official leaves, the family erupts into a fuming argument. Schicchi kicks them all out of the house, which now belongs to him. Rinuccio and Lauretta stay behind after Schicchi approved their union.

 

(http://classicalmusic.about.com/od/opera-synopses-a-thru-k/qt/Gianni-Schicchi-Synopsis.htm)

 

PERFORMING CAST:

Gianni Schicchi (baritone) NOEL AZCONA

Lauretta, his daughter (soprano)  ELISANTA CORTES

Rinuccio, Zita’s nephew, in love with Lauretta (tenor) RANDY GILONGO

Zita, Buoso Donati’s cousin (contralto)  VIDAGRACE MIRANG

Simone, Donati’s cousin (bass)    CARLO BUNYI

Gherardo, Donati’s nephew (tenor)  DAVE DE JESUS

Nella, Gherardo’s wife (soprano)  TONTON PASCUAL

Gherardino, their son (child soprano or contralto)  IVETTE SALAS

Marco, Simone’s son (baritone)  JOSELEO LOGDAT

La Ciesca, Marco’s wife (mezzo-soprano)  JANE WEE

Betto, Donati’s brother-in-law (baritone or bass)  JOHN OCAMPOS

Maestro Spinelloccio, a physician (bass)  JEFF BASA

Ser Amantio di Nicolao, a notary (baritone)  JOHN PITAS

Pinellino, a cobbler and witness (bass)  JEFF BASA

Guccio, a dyer and witness (bass)  KELVIN GALANO

 

MUSICIANS:

PIANO : MICHELLE NICOLASORA

 

CREATIVE TEAM:

DIRECTOR: SHERWIN SOZON

COSTUME DESIGNS: CHOPSUEYS

LIGHT DESIGN: ROLDAN LOZANO

GRAPHIC DESIGNS: KENNETH CATAYLO

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:

STAGE MANAGER : JOHN MARK CALICA

STAGE HANDS: ABBIE FERN ABUALADA AND ROMAN FERRER

PHOTOGRAPHY: WARREN CHUA OF FAITH PHOTOGRAPHY

REHEARSAL MASTER: PETER PORTICOS

 

 

 

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