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 Cast
(Gianni Schicchi, Lauretta, Rinuccio)
Opera house and orchestra
1949 Italo Tajo
Licia Albanese
Giuseppe Di Stefano
Giuseppe Antonicelli
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
(recorded on 12 Mar)
Cat: 228
Cat: 830[3]
1950 Giuseppe Taddei
Grete Rappsardi
Giuseppe Savio
Alfredo Simonetto
RAI National Symphony Orchestra
LP: Cetra
Cat: LPC 50028
CD: Preiser Records
Cat: 90074[3][4]
1956 Renato Capecchi
Bruna Rizzoli
Agostino Lazzari
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Teatro di San Carlo orchestra & chorus
LP: Philips
Cat: 6540 032
CD: Philips Collectors
Cat: 442 106-2[3]
1958 Fernando Corena
Laurel Hurley
Charles Anthony
Dimitri Mitropoulos
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
(recorded on 8 Feb)
CD: Omega Opera
Cat: 1131[3][4]
Tito Gobbi
Victoria de los Ángeles
Carlo Del Monte
Gabriele Santini
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma orchestra & chorus
Cat: 1726
Cat: 7 64165-2[3][4]
1962 Fernando Corena
Renata Tebaldi
Agostino Lazzari
Lamberto Gardelli
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
LP: Decca
Cat: 236-238
CD: Decca Grand Opera
Cat: 411 665-2[3][4]
1969 Giuseppe Taddei
Adriane Martino
Luciano Saldari
Oliviero De Fabritiis
Teatro La Fenice orchestra & chorus
CD: Mondo Musica
Cat: 10391[3]
1972 Konrad Rupf
Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Valentin Teodorian
Herbert Kegel
Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Leipzig
(sung in German)
LP: Eterna
Cat: 826 296
CD: Berlin Classics
Cat: 0020882BC[3]
1973 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Elke Schary
Claes H. Ahnsjö
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Bavarian State Opera orchestra & chorus
(recorded on 7 Dec; sung in German)
CD: Orfeo
Cat: C 546 001 B[3][4]
1975 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Gerti Zeumer
Maria von Ilosvay
Alberto Erede
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
(sung in German)
LP: Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Cat: F 666.205[3]
1976 Tito Gobbi
Ileana Cotrubaş
Plácido Domingo
Lorin Maazel
London Symphony Orchestra
LP: CBS Masterworks
Cat: 76563
Cat: M3K 79312[3][4]
1979 Walter Berry
Sona Ghazarian
Yordy Ramiro
Gerd Albrecht
Vienna State Opera orchestra & chorus
(recorded on 11 Feb)
CD: Orfeo
Cat: C 768092 D[3][4]
Renato Capecchi
Angela Bello
Douglas Ahlstedt
Hans Vonk
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
(recorded at Circustheater)
CD: Bella Voce
Cat: 107.406[3]
1982 György Melis
Magda Kalmár
Denés Gulyás
János Ferencsik
Hungarian State Opera orchestra & chorus
LP: Hungaroton
Cat: 12541
CD: Hungaroton
Cat: 12541-2[3]
1986 Rolando Panerai
Helen Donath
Peter Seiffert
Giuseppe Patanè
Munich Radio Orchestra
LP: Eurodisc
Cat: 208 404
CD: Eurodisc/RCA
Cat: 258 494[3][4]
1991 Leo Nucci
Mirella Freni
Roberto Alagna
Bruno Bartoletti
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
CD: Decca
Cat: 436 261-2[3]
1993 Eduard Tumagian
Miriam Gauci
Yordy Ramiro
Alexander Rahbari
Orchestre Symphonique de la RTBF
CD: Discovery International
Cat: 920119
1998 José van Dam
Angela Gheorghiu
Roberto Alagna
Antonio Pappano
London Symphony Orchestra
Cat: 5 56587-2[3][4]
2002 Alberto Rinaldi
Tatiana Lisnic
Stefano Secco
Alexander Rahbari
Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga
CD: Naxos
Cat: 8.660111[3][4]


Year Cast
(Gianni Schicchi, Lauretta, Rinuccio)
Opera house and orchestra
1983 Juan Pons
Cecilia Gasdia
Yuri Marusin
Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
VHS: Castle
Cat: CV 2057
DVD: Warner Classics
Cat: 5046-70943-2[3][4]
2004 Alessandro Corbelli
Sally Matthews
Massimo Giordano
Vladimir Jurowski
London Philharmonic Orchestra
(recorded at Glyndebourne Festival Opera)
DVD: Opus Arte
Cat: OA 0918[4]
2007 Alberto Mastromarino
Amarilli Nizza
Andrea Giovannini
Julian Reynolds
Orchestra della Fondazione Toscanini
Cat: [3][4]
2008 Leo Nucci
Nino Machaidze
Vittorio Grigolo
Riccardo Chailly
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
DVD: Encore
Cat: 3220[3][4]
2010 Juan Pons
Cecilia Gasdia
Yuri Marusin
Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
DVD: Warner Classics
Cat: 5046709432[4]


  1. ^ Osborne, p. 22
  2. ^ "Puccini: Gianni Schicchi". Gramophone: 21. December 1957. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Recordings of Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini on file". Operadis. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Puccini: Gianni Schicchi". Presto Classical. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "34 recordings of L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi on file". Operadis. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Monteverdi: L'Orfeo – list of recordings". Presto Classical. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
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