Mason Opera, Chamber Orchestra Present Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”

Posted: February 14, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: February 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm

This month, George Mason University Opera joins the George Mason University Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s satirical one-act opera “Gianni Schicchi.” The production will be performed in Harris Theater on Mason’s Fairfax Campus on Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m.

Patricia Miller, University Professor of Music and the director of Mason’s vocal studies program, will lead the Mason Opera; Maureen Codelka, an adjunct professor in Mason’s School of Music, will direct.

Victoria Gau, an adjunct professor in the School of Music, will conduct the Mason Chamber Orchestra for these performances.

Written in 1917-18, “Gianni Schicchi” is the third and final part of “Il trittico,” a series of three one-act operas featuring contrasting themes. The opera, which is based on a situation in Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” is set in Florence at the end of the 13th century. It begins with the death of Buoso Donati, a wealthy man whose family has gathered by his side to mourn his death, but more importantly, to search frantically for his will.

When they finally find the will, his relatives discover that he left most of his money and possessions to the local monks. Hilarity ensues when the family hires the cunning Gianni Schicchi to help them find a solution to their troubles.

For more information about the Mason Opera or this production, please contact the School of Music at (703) 993-1380 or

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. A limited number of tickets are free for students with a valid Mason ID.  Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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