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Puccini: Il trittico – Gianni Schicchi Synopsis by: Kevin Rogers
Composer: Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Librettist: Giovacchino Forzano, based on an episode (Canto XXX, l. 32) in Dante’s Inferno
The rumour that the dead Buoso Donati left his fortune to a monastery prompts his relatives, who have gathered round his deathbed, all feigning grief to impress each other, to search for his will. Rinuccio finds it, but won’t disclose its contents until he is promised the hand of Gianni Schicchi’s daughter, Lauretta. The relatives persuade the cunning Schicchi to fix the problem of all Donati’s money going to the church. Impersonating Donati, in making a new will, he leaves all the money to himself, the relatives powerless to stop him. Upon seeing the lovers happy, Gianni Schicchi is satisfied.