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Dutch National Opera presents

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

The power of money

Duration 2:30

Breaks 1

By Alexander Zemlinsky, Giacomo Puccini

Language German / Italian

Surtitles Dutch and English

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?

In short

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

Eine florentinische Tragödie, by Alexander Zemlinsky, based on the story by Oscar Wilde, forms a dark counterpart, filled with tension.



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 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.

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. 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).

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.

Team & Cast

Musical director 
Marc Albrecht
Stage director 
Jan Philipp Gloger
Raimund Voigt
Karin Jud
Bernd Purkrabek
Klaus Bertisch
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
Mikheil Kiria
La Ciesca 
Ana Ibarra
Maestro Spinelloccio 
Matteo Peirone
Ser Amantio di Nicolao 
Tomeu Bibiloni
Peter Arink
Alexander de Jong - DNO talent


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.

    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’.