Gianni Schicchi discography

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This is a list of the recordings of Gianni Schicchi, the third of a group of three one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini collectively known as Il trittico; the other operas are Il tabarro and Suor Angelica. The three were premiered at the Metropolitan Opera on 14 December 1918, and for the next three years were always played together, after 1921, however, Puccini agreed that the operas could be performed separately. Gianni Schicchi became the most popular and most frequently performed of the three, often paired with other works such as Maurice Ravel's L'heure espagnole and Richard Strauss's Salome.[1]

Despite its popularity as a stage work, Gianni Schicchi was not available as a recording until after the Second World War, a neglect described by a Gramophone reviewer as "extraordinary",[2] the first issued recording, an early LP release in 1950, was from a live performance at the Met on 12 March 1949. It was followed, also in 1950, by a recording from a Radio Turin broadcast; thereafter, recordings were issued at regular intervals on long-playing and, later, compact disc formats. The first VHS (videotape) was in 1983, since when several more DVD versions have been released. While the majority of recordings are based on the original Italian libretto, three German-language versions were issued in the 1970s. Opera stars who have featured in recordings include Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Victoria de los Ángeles, Renata Tebaldi, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Plácido Domingo and Angela Gheorghiu.[3]


Many of the listed recordings have been issued under several labels, for audio recordings, only the first LP and the first CD issues are shown. For videos, the first VHS and DVD issues are shown. Unofficial recordings and pirate versions are not shown.


Year of recording Cast
Gianni Schicchi,
Opera house/Orchestra
Label and year of issue Notes Refs
1949 Italo Tajo
Licia Albanese
Giuseppe Di Stefano
Metropolitan Opera
Giuseppe Antonicelli
CD (2003) GOP 830 (2 CDs, with Il Tabarro)
Recording of a performance at the MET, 12 March 1949 [3]
1950 Giuseppe Taddei
Grete Rappsardi
Giuseppe Savio
RAI Torino
Alfredo Simonetto
LP Cetra LPC 50028
CD (2003) Preiser Records 90074
Recorded from a radio broadcast [3][4][2]
1956 Renato Capecchi
Bruna Rizzoli
Agostino Lazzari
Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
LP Philips 6540 032
CD (1995) Philips Collectors Operas 442 106-2 (issued with La bohème)
1958 Fernando Corena
Laurel Hurley
Charles Anthony
Metropolitan Opera
Dimitri Mitropoulos
CD Omega Opera Archive 1131 Recording of a performance at the MET, 8 February 1958 [3][4]
1958 Tito Gobbi
Victoria de los Ángeles
Carlo Del Monte
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Gabriele Santini
LP (1959) HMV ALP 1726
CD (1999) EMI CD 7 64165-2
1962 Fernando Corena
Renata Tebaldi
Agostino Lazzari
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Lamberto Gardelli
LP Decca MET 236-238 (issued as part of Il trittico)
CD (1991) Decca Grand Opera 411 665-2 (issued as part of Il trittico)
1969 Giuseppe Taddei
Adriane Martino
Luciano Saldari
Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
Oliviero De Fabritiis
CD (1999) Mondo Musica MFOH 10391 (issued as part of Il trittico) Recording of a performance at La Fenice, March 1969 [3]
1972 Konrad Rupf
Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Valentin Teodorian
Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig
Herbert Kegel
LP Eterna 826 296
CD Berlin Classics 0020882BC
Sung in German [3]
1973 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Elke Schary
Claes H. Ahnsjö
Bayerische Staatsoper
Wolfgang Sawallisch
CD (2000) Orfeo C 546 001 B Recording of a performance in the Nationaltheater, Munich, 7 December 1973
Sung in German
1975 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Gerti Zeumer
Maria von Ilosvay
Das Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester
Alberto Erede
LP Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln F 666.205 Sung in German [3]
1976 Tito Gobbi
Ileana Cotrubaş
Plácido Domingo
London Symphony Orchestra
Lorin Maazel
LP CBS Masterworks 76563
CD CBS M3K 79312 (in Il trittico)
1979 Walter Berry
Sona Ghazarian
Yordy Ramiro
Wiener Staatsoper
Gerd Albrecht
CD (2009) Orfeo C 768092 D (in Il trittico) Recording of a performance at the Vienna State Opera, 11 February 1979 [3][4]
1979 Renato Capecchi
Angela Bello
Douglas Ahlstedt
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Hans Vonk
CD Compact Disc – Bella Voce 107.406 (in Il trittico) Recording of a performance in the Circustheater, Scheveningen, September 1979) [3]
1982 György Melis
Magda Kalmár
Denés Gulyás
Hungarian State Opera
János Ferencsik
LP Hungaroton SLPD 12541
CD Hungaroton HCD 12541-2
1986 Rolando Panerai
Helen Donath
Peter Seiffert
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Giuseppe Patanè
LP Eurodisc 208 404
CD (1988) Eurodisc/RCA 258 494 {1CD}
1991 Leo Nucci
Mirella Freni
Roberto Alagna
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Bruno Bartoletti
CD Decca 436 261-2 (in Il trittico) [3][8]
1993 Eduard Tumagian
Miriam Gauci
Yordy Ramiro
Orchestre Symphonique de la RTBF
Alexander Rahbari
CD Discovery International DIC 920119 (in Il trittico) [3][9]
1998 José van Dam
Angela Gheorghiu
Roberto Alagna
London Symphony Orchestra
Antonio Pappano
CD EMI CDS 5 56587-2 (in Il trittico) [3][4][10]
2002 Alberto Rinaldi
Tatiana Lisnic
Stefano Secco
Orquesta Filarmónica de Malaga
Alexander Rahbari
CD (2004) Naxos 8.660111 [3][4]


Year of recording Cast
Gianni Schicchi,
Opera house/Orchestra
Label and year of issue Notes Refs[11][12]
1983 Juan Pons
Cecilia Gasdia
Yuri Marusin
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Gianandrea Gavazzeni
VHS Video Cassette – Castle CV 2057 (in Il trittico)
DVD (2004) Warner 5046-70943-2 in Il trittico)
Recording of a performance at La Scala, February 1983 [3][4]
2004 Alessandro Corbelli
Sally Matthews
Massimo Giordano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski
DVD (2005 Opus Arte OA 0918, with The Miserly Knight (Sergei Rachmaninoff) Recording of a performance at the 2004 Glyndebourne Festival Opera [4]
2007 Alberto Mastromarino
Amarilli Nizza
Andrea Giovannini
Orchestra Sinfonica della Fondazione "A. Toscanini"
Julian Reynolds
DVD TDK DVWW OPTRIT (in Il trittico) Recorded at a performance at Modena [3][4]
2008 Leo Nucci
Nino Machaidze
Vittorio Grigolo
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Riccardo Chailly
DVD Encore DVD 3220 (in Il trittico) Recording of a performance at La Scala, Milan, March 2008 [3][4]
2010 Juan Pons
Cecilia Gasdia
Yuri Marusin
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Gianandrea Gavazzeni
DVD Warner Classics Warner Vision – 5046709432 [4]


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