We’ve added a show! Michigan Opera Theatre is excited to announce that we’ve added Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost to our 2019-20 season! The opera is a sequel (“Schiquel”) to Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and will be performed with the latter Feb. 29 – March 1 at the Macomb Center. Both works are one-act comedies and will be performed by the resident artists of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio.
Gianni Schicchi follows the lives of the greedy Donati family as they attempt to steal the riches of their late relative Buoso Donati with the help of mischievous Gianni Schicchi. Buoso’s Ghost picks up where Gianni Schicchi left off: Schicchi has tricked the Donati family and managed to secure all of Buoso Donati’s wealth for himself. Schicchi then discovers the relatives had poisoned Buoso Donati, setting off a new chain of farcical events as Schicchi must, once again, rely on his wits to secure his riches. Buoso’s Ghost premiered in 1996 in Pittsburgh, 78 years after its predecessor, but features musical references from Gianni Schicchi and other Puccini works.
Both operas feature baritone Darren Drone as Schicchi, soprano Avery Boettcher as Lauretta, tenor Edward Graves as Rinuccio, mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung as Zita and bass Allen Michael Jones as Betto. The productions are conducted by David Aronson and directed by Richard Gammon.
Tickets available here!