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La Storia di Gianni Schicchi

The story of a greedy family losing out on an inheritance.
An opera full of tragedy, comedy and romance
A musical highlight at the Land Commandery Alden Biesen.


Gianni Schicchi is a masterpiece by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.  After his death, Buoso Donati leaves his entire estate to a monastic order, much against the wishes of his entire family.  Since his death had not yet been announced, neighbour Gianni Schicchi takes his place and dictates another will to the notary. He pulls the strings and misleads the true heirs.

Summer Opera extends this opera with a musical prelude: while the motley opera company gets ready for the performance, you are introduced to the characters and their roles in this family saga. After all, it’s a big family, as many as 13 internationally renowned soloists are on stage, accompanied by the Summer Opera Orchestra.

La storia di Gianni Schicchi is a new Summer Opera production directed by Damon Nestor Ploumis and under the musical direction of Federico Santi.

There is a double cast for the roles of Lauretta and Rinuccio.

Performances with Emma Posman and Adrian Autard on May 26 and 28 and June 1-3-6-8-10-14-16-18-21-23.

Performances with Fiammetta Tofoni and Aaron J. Mc Innis on May 27 and 31 and June 2-4-7-9-11-15-17-20-22.

Damon Nestor Ploumis, Emilio Marcucci and Kyle Bejnerowicz change their roles during 5 performances:  on May 28 and on June 6-9-18 and 21. 
On those dates Emilio sings the role of Gianni Schicchi, Kyle the one of Betto di Signa and Damon the double roles of Spinellocio and Ser Amantio.

There is also a double cast for the role of Gherardino.  Sophie Collin sings the role on May 26-28-31 and on June 2-3-4-7-9-11-14-16-18-20-21 and 23. 
Maria Kazaka on May 27 and June 1-6-8-10-15-17 and 22.

Dates of the Performances

The evening performance starts at 20:30, and the matinée at 15:00.
The performance will last 95 minutes.
There will be no intermission. Italian libretto with surtitles in Dutch.
New seating arrangement with ample legroom and excellent views of the stage from all seats.
The chairs are numbered.
The courtyard is outdoors, but four giant umbrellas will provide protection from the rain.
We recommend dressing weather-appropriately.
A blanket or an extra jumper would be recommended.
Online ticket sales start on 1 March 2023.
Price per ticket €48.
Administration fee per booking: €2.
Postage for physical tickets: €2.

Seating plan 2023.


Start ticket sales 01 March 2023


Creative Team:
Damon Nestor Ploumis

Stage director

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Marnik Baert

Set design

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Davy Boutsen

Light design

Hanne Geerts


Damon Nestor Ploumis

Gianni Schicchi

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Emma Posman


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Fiammetta Tofoni


Adrian Autard


Aaron J. Mc Innis


Lien Haegeman


Fabrice Pillet


Karen Vermeiren


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Emilio Marcucci

Betto di Signa

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Piet Vansichen


Koen van Agtmael


Tineke Van Ingelgem

La Ciesca

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Sophie Collin


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Maria Kazaka


Kyle Bejnerowicz

Spinellocio & Ser Amantio

Frans Novak

Pinellino & Guccio

Summer Opera Orchestra