I found this old poster in the dark recesses of my hard-drive:


How do you get a dead guy to
change his will?
To find out, come to the Audio-visual room (Dhempe College Panjim) on 21 January 2010 at 10 am

Gianni Schicchi (pronounced Jianni Skeekkee) is a one-act opera, composed by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924).

It is based on a story from Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Its main showstopping tune is an aria (a term often used for a song in opera) called O mio babbino caro (O my dear papa), which is very popular. It was lipsynched by Rowan Atkinson in “Mr. Bean’s Holiday”, and was the title theme in “A Room with a View”.

It seems to be a favourite of our very own Joanne Marie D’Mello as well. She sings it beautifully!

The story is set in Florence, Italy, in 1299.
A very short summary: How do you get a dead guy to change his will?

Let me explain: An old wealthy man (Buoso Donati) has just died in bed. His greedy relatives all grieve around his body, until they learn that he has left everything to the monastery, not to any of them!

They are determined not to let this happen, and so they enlist the help of a shrewd newcomer to the city: Gianni Schicchi.

What happens next? Watch this little gem of an opera, a comedic farce, full of greed and conniving, with a little romance thrown in, and find out.