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(Puccini: Gianni Schicchi). Ten. Nephew of Zita (cousin of the recently deceased Buoso Donati). He is in love with Lauretta, daughter of the poor peasant Gianni Schicchi, but his relatives (gathered for the reading of Buoso's will) are against the marriage. They search for Buoso's will, worried by rumours that he has left his fortune to a monastery. When the will is found, they discover that he has indeed left everything to the church. Rinuccio suggests prevailing upon Gianni Schicchi to help them by forging a new will, on condition that they will then withdraw their objection to his marriage with Lauretta. Schicchi agrees to help, but when the new will is read out they discover that Schicchi will inherit the money himself. There can be no further barrier to the marriage of Lauretta and Rinuccio and Schicchi gives them his blessing. Aria: Firenze è come un albero fiorito (‘Florence is like a flowering tree’). Created (1918) by Giulio Crimi.

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