Schicchi, Gianni

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(Puccini: Gianni Schicchi). Bar. A 50‐year‐old peasant, father of Lauretta. She is in love with Rinuccio, whose elderly rich cousin, Buoso Donati, has just died and left all his money to the Church. Rinuccio's family is against his marriage to the daughter of a poor peasant. Rinuccio calls on Schicchi to help the family regain their inheritance. The cunning Schicchi suggests that they keep the death of Buoso quiet while he (Schicchi) poses as the old man and writes a will which he will hand to the lawyer as Buoso's last testament. The family agree, each trying to bribe him to leave them the most money. Schicchi writes the will and hands it to the lawyer. He reads it out—it states that Buoso has left the bulk of his estate to ‘my dear old friend Gianni Schicchi’! Without revealing their own part in the deception, the family is unable to protest. Schicchi can now give his blessing to the marriage of his daughter to Rinuccio. Created (1918) by Giuseppe De Luca.

Subjects: Opera.

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