Dutch National Opera presents

Eine florentinische Tragödie / Gianni Schicchi Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942) / Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

This show was to been seen in November 2017

The power of money

Duration 2:30

Breaks 1

By Alexander von Zemlinsky, Giacomo Puccini

Language German / Italian

Surtitles Dutch and English


Alexander von Zemlinsky
Oper in einem Aufzug, op. 16
Libretto after Oscar Wilde
German translation by Max Meyerfeld
World premiere 30 January 1917, Staatsoper, Stuttgart


Giacomo Puccini
Opera in un atto
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano
World premiere 14 December 1918, Metropolitan Opera, New York


New production
Premiere 11 November 2017

Eine florentinische Tragödie and Gianni Schicchi: a juxtaposition of a thriller and a comedy. The totally different short operas are linked by the theme of ‘riches versus love’. How honest are our relationships when there is money at stake?

Watch the trailer
'O mio babbino caro' - Mariangela Sicilio
The fight scene of Eine florentinsche Tragödie

The contrast between the compositions creates an interesting combination from a musical point of view.

Eine florentinische Tragödie

Eine florentinische Tragödie, by Alexander von Zemlinsky, based on the story by Oscar Wilde, forms a dark counterpart, filled with tension. In Eine florentinische Tragödie, Nikolai Schukoff is returning (after singing the title role in Lohengrin) as Guido Bardi, alongside DNO debutants John Lundgren and Ausrine Stundyte as Simone and Bianca.

Gianni Schicchi

The comic Gianni Schicchi is the best-known work of Puccini’s ‘trittico’ (trilogy), partly because of the popular soprano aria ‘O mio babbino caro’. In Gianni Schicchi, Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello in La bohème and Ford in Falstaff) is singing the shrewd title role, and the role of his daughter Lauretta is sung by Mariangela Sicilia (Benvenuto Cellini). At the deathbed of the rich Buoso Donati, his family is only concerned with the inheritance. In the end, an outsider, Gianni Schicchi, fools the whole family and takes the legacy for himself.

About this production

Director Jan Philipp Gloger, who opened last season with Der Rosenkavalier, takes a different approach to the two operas, which is reflected in the sets designed by Raimund Orfeo Voigt. At the end, however, it appears that the two worlds of Eine florentinische Tragödie and Gianni Schicchi have more similarities than differences. Material things are always an important motive, wherever you are.

In his first production of the season, principal conductor Marc Albrecht is returning with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra to the repertoire of the first decades of the twentieth century, which he holds very dear and in which he specialises. Examples performed with Dutch National Opera are Die Frau ohne Schatten, Elektra, Der Schatzgräber, Gurre-Lieder, Der Rosenkavalier and Wozzeck.

Watch the behind the scenes of Gianni Schicci
Behind the scenes

Jan Philipp Gloger


The German director JAN PHILIPP GLOGER studied applied theatre sciences at Giessen University and directing at Zurich University of the Arts. Since 2007, he has directed theatre productions in Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg and Munich.

Marc Albrecht

chief conductor

Marc Albrecht, Chief Conductor of The Dutch National Opera and The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is known not only for his interpretations of works by Wagner and Richard Strauss, but also for his affinity for contemporary music.


Along with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has been the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera since 1985, and is internationally regarded as one of the best opera orchestras. Each season, the two orchestras perform the majority of the opera productions in Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw and also performs at other major concert halls and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. Marc Albrecht is the principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and of Dutch National Opera. In recent seasons, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has had great success with audiences and international press alike, with productions including Gurre-Lieder, Lohengrin, Der Rosenkavalier, Il Trovatore and Hänsel und Gretel. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marc Albrecht, received an Edison for their recording of the DNO production Der Schatzgräber, in December 2014.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Marc Albrecht
Stage Director
Jan Philipp Gloger
Set Designer
Raimund Orfeo Voigt
Costume Designer
Karin Jud
Lighting Designer
Bernd Purkrabek
Klaus Bertisch
Fight Choreographer (Eine florentinische Tragödie)
Ran Arthur Braun
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Guido Bardi
Nikolai Schukoff
John Lundgren
Ausrine Stundyte
Gianni Schicchi
Massimo Cavalletti
Mariangela Sicilia
Enkelejda Shkosa
Alessandro Scotto di Luzio
Saverio Fiore
Adriana Ferfecka
Betto di Signa
Umberto Chiummo
Carlo Signi
Mikheil Kiria
La Ciesca
Ana Ibarra
Maestro Spinelloccio
Matteo Peirone
Ser Amantio di Nicolao
Tomeu Bibiloni
Peter Arink
Alexander de Jong - DNO talent
Claudio García Dueñaz*
Pieter de Villiers*

* Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor - part of Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam


On Sunday 19 November, after the matinee performance, the soloist Nikolai Schukoff will be at the shop to sign your purchases. This signing session is only for people with tickets for the matinee performance.

    Mon 13 Feb de Volkskrant, 2015

    ‘The young German director Jan Phlipp Gloger has eyes and ears for the numerous subtleties in Strauss’ Rosenkavalier. (…) That could never have been so overwhelming without the continual support of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Marc Albrecht – a royal couple’.