Opera at UQ: Puccini's Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi is a one-act romp through a classic sit-com scenario - "Who gets the inheritance?" - set against a ravishing palette of orchestral colour and vocal power. The wealthy master of a large family has died, and his relatives gather and shamefully manoeuvre to claim the inheritance. They are mortified to learn that the fortune has been left to a local monastery. The cunning conman Schicchi feigns help, with hilarity and hijinks ensuing. Gianni Schicchi features one of the greatest arias of all time “O mio babbino Caro”, as well as some of the finest operatic ensemble writing of the genre. Appealing to both experienced and first-time operagoers, Schicchi will be performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Join the UQ Singers and The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Dane Lam for an afternoon of melody and mayhem. 

Gianni Schicchi is directed by Shaun Brown, presented by The University of Queensland’s School of Music, and supported by Alumni Friends as part of the UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Concert Series.


19 September, 4pm

     $30 Adult / $20 Concession* / $10 Student (Full time student and children)**
     UQ Centre (Building 27A), St Lucia Campus
    1 hour (no interval)

* 4MBS subscribers and pension card holders 
**An Eventbrite transaction fee of 5% + $0.99 for every ticket sold will apply.


Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi, performed by baritone Troy Castle, is extremely devious and is called upon to help prevent Buoso Donati’s money being bequeathed to the church, while secretly planning to steal Buoso’s immense fortune.
Rinuccio, performed by tenor Connor Willmore, is a caring young man that looks at life with the ignorance that comes with youth. With a little bit of help from Schicchi, Rinuccio shows that love transcends all.
Lauretta, performed by soprano Jacalyn Adcock, has her father wrapped around her little finger and convinces Gianni to rewrite Buoso's will, hoping to secure her marriage to Rinuccio.
Zita, performed by mezzo-soprano Morgan Rosati, is the matriarch of the Donati family; a comedic figure who remains bitter and greedy to the end.
Simone will be performed by baritone Jia-Peng Yeung and is the greedy elderly cousin of Buoso Donati, the stern, newly appointed patriarch of the Donati Family

Presented by The University of Queensland’s School of Music and supported by Alumni Friends as part of the UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Concert Series

For more information about Opera at UQ: Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, contact:

Concerts and Engagement Officer, UQ School of Music