Gianni Schicchi


Puccini Gianni Schicchi to libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. Directed 2015 by Kathleen Smith Belcher (as a revival of the 2008 Woody Allen production) at the LA Opera. Stars Plácido Domingo (Gianni Schicchi), Andriana Chuchman (Lauretta), Arturo Chacón-Cruz (Rinuccio), Philip Cokorinos (Betto di Signa), Meredith Arwady (Zita), Craig Colclough (Simone), Greg Fedderly (Gherardo), Stacey Tappan (Nella), Liam Bonner (Marco), and Peabody Southwell (La Ciesca) [Caution: several roles are missing here and preliminary information needs to be confirmed]. Grant Gershon conducts the LA Opera Orchestra. Set and costume design by Santo Loquasto; lighting by York Kennedy; video direction by Matthew Diamond. Released 2016, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

This was the first half of a double bill with with Domingo singing. The second half of the double bill was a Stefano Trespidi revival of the 1996 Zeffirelli Pagliacci,  but with Domingo conducting. Only the Gianni Schicchi is published in this title. You hate to see a paltry 59 minutes of music on a disc that can hold 3 hours +. Sony often offers classical music at an aggressively low price point; but at the moment, it seems this item will be sell at full price. Still, if all you want is Gianni Schicchi, this could be a good deal.