The Story of Gianni Schicchi

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June 2023

La Storia di Gianni Schicchi

The story of a greedy family losing out on an inheritance.
An opera full of tragedy, comedy and romance
A musical highlight at the Land Commandery Alden Biesen.


Gianni Schicchi is a masterpiece by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.  After his death, Buoso Donati leaves his entire estate to a monastic order, much against the wishes of his entire family.  Since his death had not yet been announced, neighbour Gianni Schicchi takes his place and dictates another will to the notary. He pulls the strings and misleads the true heirs.

Summer Opera extends this opera with a musical prelude: while the motley opera company gets ready for the performance, you are introduced to the characters and their roles in this family saga. After all, it’s a big family, as many as 13 internationally renowned soloists are on stage, accompanied by the Summer Opera Orchestra.

La storia di Gianni Schicchi is a new Summer Opera production directed by Damon Nestor Ploumis and under the musical direction of Federico Santi.

There is a double cast for the roles of Lauretta and Rinuccio.

Performances with Emma Posman and Adrian Autard on May 26 and 28 and June 1-3-8-10-16-18-21-23.

Performances with Fiammetta Tofoni and Aaron J. Mc Innis on May 27 and 31 and June 2-4-7-9-11-15-17-20-22.

The evening performance starts at 20:30, and the matinée at 15:00.
The performance will last 95 minutes.
There will be no intermission. Italian libretto with surtitles in Dutch.
New seating arrangement with ample legroom and excellent views of the stage from all seats.
The chairs are numbered.
The courtyard is outdoors, but four giant umbrellas will provide protection from the rain.
We recommend dressing weather-appropriately.
A blanket or an extra jumper would be recommended.


Program and cast

Kittsee Castle Park

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