La Cambiale di Matrimonio | Gianni Schicchi

Gioachino Rossini | Giacomo Puccini

La cambiale di matrimonio (The Marriage Contract)
Farsa comica in one act (1810)
Libretto by Gaetano Rossi based on the comedy of the same name by Camillo Federici (1790)

Gianni Schicchi
Opera in one act (1918)
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano based on an episode (Canto 30) of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, part of his Commedia (1321)

Sung in Italian language with German surtitles

12 August 2024 - 7.30 p.m.

approx. 2 ½ hours (incl. intermission)

In cooperation with Neue Stimmen

Performances & Tickets

Gioachino Rossini’s opera La cambiale di matrimonio (The Marriage Contract), which was his first publicly played opera, and the one-act opera Gianni Schicchi from Giacomo Puccini’s Il trittico are separated by more than 100 years. Still, both works share a sense of ironic slapstick comedy and witty onomatopoetic effects. 

This funny yet unusual combination is staged by the Grande Dame of the opera world, Kammersängerin Brigitte Fassbaender, and the young talents of the Opera Studio. And for the first time, Leo McFall, the principal conductor of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, conducts an opera production at the Bregenzer Festspiele. 

In The Marriage Contract, businessman Tobia Mill wants to sell off his daughter Fannì to the Canadian businessman Slook: She comes from a good home, is not older than 30 years, of a flawless character and in good health. Perfect for the journey to Canada. Fannì, however, is in love with penniless Edoardo. After striking a few turbulences, Slook eventually names Edoardo his sole heir – and then even her grumpy father agrees to the marriage. 

Gianni Schicchi takes up on the topic of inheritance; with this opera, Puccini created a unique satire about heir hunting. After they have been disinherited, the bereaved gather around the deathbed of the prosperous Patrician Buoso Donati, displaying superficial sympathy. They grumble about the surfaced testament and are eventually tricked by Gianni Schicci, who passes himself off as Donati in front of the notary and allocates the fortune among the greedy relatives. The most valuable properties, however, he leaves to himself. 

Mit Fabian-Jakob Balkhausen, Maximilian Bell, Idil Kutay, Liza Vjera Lozica, Jacob Phillips, Gonzalo Quinchahual, Rommie Rochell, Ilia Skvirskii, Pete Thanapat, Isabel Weller

Musical Director Leo McFall
Stage Director Brigitte Fassbaender
Stage | Costume Design Dietrich von Grebmer
Dramaturge Florian Amort