Arlecchino & Gianni Schicchi

Ferruccio Busoni & Giacomo Puccini

This evening of two Italian operas is like an exhilaratingly upbeat carnival. Ferruccio Busoni’s Arlecchino from the 1910s will be performed in Finland for the first time ever. Busoni liked Mozart and hated Wagner, played around with operatic cliches, borrowed from history, and punctuated the comical narrative of Arlecchino with quotes from sources as diverse as Don Giovanni and ragtime. He revived the spirit of the commedia dell’arte of 16th century town squares and markets. 

In Gianni Schicchi, relatives seem to grieve more over the testament than the deceased. It’s the usual storycomplications, liaisons, sleights of hand, short changing, and one salvaged marital vow. Gianni Schicchi himself is the most endearing of all the shameless tricksters in operatic literature, a rascal who always stays one step ahead. The number one aria of the performance, O mio babbino caro, is enough to make any protective father give in to his daughter’s pleas.  

Our visitors from the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka will also delight us with the baroque opera masterpiece Giulio Cesare in Egitto. 


  • Conductor

    Valentin Egel

  • Director

    Marin Blažević (Arlecchino)
    Fabrizio Melano (Gianni Schicchi)

  • Rijeka Symphony Orchestra

  • Language


  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    app. 2 hours 30 minutes, one interval

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