Gianni Schicchi

Production Company
Opera Mariposa
Jeanine Fynn
Casting Director(s): 
John Arsenault, Jeanine Fynn, Robin Hahn, Jacqueline Ko
Union Status
Project Type
Theatre / Live Performance
Student Production
Compensation Details

This is a profit-share production with guaranteed honoraria for leading roles (Gianni Schicchi, Rinuccio, Lauretta). Roles without automatic honoraria receive preferential consideration during division of profits; all artists also have access to heavily discounted tickets, which they are welcome to sell at full price to generate additional revenue for themselves from the production.

We accept both union and non-union applications, but it should be noted that unfortunately we have very limited spots available for Equity artists at this time.

Audition Date(s)
June 22, 2019
Audition Location
Martha Lou Henley Rehearsal Hall (at the Michael & Inna O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera) – 1955 McLean Drive, Vancouver
Shoot / Perf. Date(s)
Fridays & Saturdays November 15-23, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Shoot / Perf. Location(s)
St. Faith's Anglican Church - 7284 Cypress Street, Vancouver
Submission Deadline
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Submission Instructions

Please submit a headshot and resume to and we will reply with your audition time. Please mention which role(s) you are interested in, as well as whether you are an Equity artist. It should be noted that unfortunately, we have very limited spots available for Equity artists at this time.

If you wish to audition but are not available on Saturday, June 22nd, or if you would like to audition for us remotely, please email us a video or sound recording along with your headshot and resume to be considered along with the other auditioners. The deadline to send a digital audition is Friday, June 21st at 11:59pm PST.

Project Synopsis
When old Buoso Donati dies, his greedy relatives are determined to get their hands on his fortune at any cost. They turn to the roguish Gianni Schicchi to help… with unexpected results. Puccini’s one-act masterpiece features some of his most memorable music, and is regarded as one of the funniest operas of all time. Presented in Italian with English subtitles, alongside a costumed performance of beloved operatic songs and scenes.
Character 1
Gianni Schicchi
Baritone. A roguish trickster who uses his wits to solve unusual problems. Father to Lauretta.
Character 2
Tenor. In love with Lauretta, and hopes that an inheritance will allow him to become financially secure enough to marry the love of his life.
Character 3
Soprano. Gianni Schicchi's daughter; she is in love with Rinuccio, and insists that her father help Rinuccio's family obtain old Buoso Donati's fortune, so that that Rinuccio can marry her.
Character 4
Mezzo-soprano or contralto. Cousin of Buoso Donati; a formidable old lady determined to get her hands on his fortune.
Additional Characters

Gherardo, Buoso's nephew (age 40) - tenor.
Nella, Gherardo's wife (age 34) - soprano.
Gherardino, their son (age 7) - soprano or treble.
Betto di Signa, Buoso's brother-in-law, uncertain age - baritone or bass. Poor and shabbily dressed.
Simone, cousin of Buoso (age 70) - bass.
Marco, Simone's son (age 45) - baritone.
Maestro Spinelloccio, a doctor - bass or flexible voice type.
Ser Amantio di Nicolao, a notary - baritone or flexible voice type.
Pinellino, a cobbler - flexible voice type.
Guccio, a dyer - flexible voice type.