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Don Buoso / Gianni Schicchi

Jan Kučera, David Radok, Giacomo Puccini

Premiere performances: 3 and 5 November 2023 at the National Theatre

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Premiere production
English surtitles

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    Saturday 9. 12.

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    Monday 17. 6.

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    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 20 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes


    In Italian, surtitles in Czech, English


    November 3, 2023


    • 2023-2024


    Stage direction and set design
    David Radok
    Costume design
    Zuzana Ježková
    Light design
    Přemysl Janda
    Ondřej Hučín


    National Theatre Orchestra

    The historical figure of Gianni Schicchi had already intrigued Dante Alighieri, who even mentioned the fraudster in the famous epic poem Divina commedia: the medieval Florentine knight reputedly forged the will of the wealthy Buoso Donati, for which he was condemned to Hell. Yet Gianni Schicchi only became generally known due to Giacomo Puccini and his comic opera. The plot starts with the relatives of the late Don Buoso gathered to learn of their respective inheritances. There are rumours that he left the family in the lurch and bequeathed the largest part of his immense fortune to a monastery. Bypassing Don Buoso’s will thus suggests itself as a natural solution …  Is everything really as funny as Puccini indicates by his humorous, rollicking and brilliant music, teeming with his characteristic melodies, including the famed aria “O mio babbino caro”? What kind of people are the relatives of the deceased man?

    And what was Buoso Donati like? Are Puccini’s characters just colourful figures from medieval Florence, or are we much more similar to them than we may think? And didn’t Dante overlook someone else in Hell, someone having a hand in the story? Such questions inspired the distinguished Czech stage director David Radok to create a brand-new, darkly comic opera, set at the time preceding Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and depicting the possible circumstances of Don Buoso’s death … He and the composer Jan Kučera have written for the National Theatre in Prague a piece whose story and music derive from Puccini’s renowned one-acter, while shifting the narrative into a rather different light.

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