Gianni Schicchi / Buoso’s Ghost

Gianni Schicchi / Buoso’s Ghost
January 24, 2020 paperlesslion
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The Michigan Opera Theatre presents a program featuring two remarkable comedies this coming weekend: Gianni Schicci and Buoso’s Ghost. Performances are Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

These productions feature the MOT Studio Artists. With music by Giacomo PucciniGianni Schicchi is sung in Italian with English titles, its run time is about one hour. With music and libretto by Michael ChingBuoso’s Ghost is sung in English, with a run time of about 40 minutes.

MOT provides details:

Wealthy Florentine Buoso Donati has just died but all his greedy relatives can think about is their neglect in his will. The tables turn with the help of the mischievous Gianni Schicchi but not in the way that they expect. Considered one of the funniest operas of all time, Gianni Schicchi is a dark farce based on a real story included in Dante’s Inferno. The opera includes some of Puccini’s best music, including the famous aria “O mio babbino caro.”

Buoso’s Ghost is a sequel to Gianni Schicchi based on the premise that Buoso Donati did not die of natural causes. The comedy begins two hours after the events in Gianni Schicchi end, and follow the progress of Schicchi as he tries to discover the circumstances of Donati’s death.

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Fast Facts:

Gianni Schicchi
Comic opera in one act
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano
Based on a story in Dante’s Divine Comedy
Part of Puccini’s Triptych
Premiered 1918, New York

Buoso’s Ghost
Comic opera in one act
Music and libretto by Michael Ching
Based on Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi
Premiered 1996, Pittsburgh