Gianni Schicchi by Puccini

  • 1 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Putting the opera into the Fringe’s ‘Musicals and Opera’ section, is Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group and their production of Puccini’s black comedy, Gianni Schicchi. With a storyline of dodgy will-making to rival Corrie’s on the same subject, the plot is a silly one that should be heard to best advantage in the company’s witty new twists on the usual English translation.

Best known for the famous aria O Mio Babbino Caro, where Schicchi’s daughter manages to wrap her father round her little finger - well, what dad wouldn’t respond well to a song that starts ‘O my beloved father?’ - the opera was written for full orchestra. Typical Fringe ingenuity is now leading to serious recognition by the Italian masters of Puccini’s estate, as music director Andrew Lees’ success in reducing Puccini’s original score to just ten players has so impressed the musicologists that they now plan to publish it officially. (Carol Main)

Augustine’s, 0845 226 2721, 15-20 Aug, 9.35pm, £8 (£5).

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