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Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi

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The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra is pleased to collaborate with guest artists TRYPTYCH CONCERT & OPERA, with stage director Edward Franko, presenting PUCCINI’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will be held at P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto at 5183 Sheppard Avenue East. Tickets start at $34.00 ($29.00 for students and seniors), and can be purchased online, or through the Box Office by phone at (416) 879-5566.

In Puccini’s one-act comic opera, Gianni Schicchi is enlisted by greedy relatives to rewrite the will of their kinsman to their benefit. But, the devious Schicchi decides to turn the tables. The concert will also include a performance of SMETANA’s Die Moldau, a musical portrayal of the river Moldau as it runs through the Bohemian countryside.


Doug Tranquada – Gianni Schicchi

Allison Arends* – Lauretta, his daughter

Kristine Dandavino – Zita, cousin of Buoso Donati

Stephen Bell* – Rinuccio, Zita’s nephew

Daniel Wheeler – Gherardo, Buoso’s nephew

Kira Braun – Nella, Gherardo’s wife

Alastair Thorburn-Vitols – Gherardino, their son

Henry Irwin – Simone, cousin of Buoso

Jeremy Ludwig* – Betto di Signa, Buoso’s brother-in-law

Lawrence Shirkie – Marco, Simone’s son

Mila Ionkova – La Ciesca, Marco’s wife

Melvin Suwarno – Guccio, a dyer

John Warden – Pinellino, a cobbler

Norman E. Brown – Ser Amantio di Nicolao, a notary / Maestro Spinelloccio, a doctor

*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).

TrypTych Concert and Opera
TrypTych Concert and Opera is one of Toronto’s most enterprising musical producers. It was formed by Edward Franko, William Shookhoff and Lenard Whiting in 1999. Over its history, Tryptych has received critical acclaim for its contemporary opera productions, including the Canadian premiere of Frid’s The Diary of Anne Frank, Wolf’s Der Corregidor and the world premiere of Canadian composer Andrew Ager’s Frankenstein.