Libretto Book Club

Print Gianni Schicchi, one of the most popular of all operas, is a comedy in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. It was composed in 1917–18 and loosely based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. More particularly, it follows the plot of a story told in an 1866 edition of Dante’s work in which Gianni Schicchi sets out, by trickery, to defeat the Last Will And Testament of Buoso Donati. The work is the third part of Puccini’s Il trittico —three one-act operas, originally presented together. You can enjoy Gianni Schicchi by itself, to be produced by Mobile Opera on April 1st & 3rd. Join Mobile Opera’s Stacey Driskell and Scott Wright for opera insights and a discussion that will relate the work to its literary history and its modern application to the stage.  March 9, 2016 at 10:00am at the Mobile Public Library, West Regional Branch. You can read the libretto online by clicking the link below. For more information call (251) 432-6772.

Libretto for Gianni Schicchi