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Opera Ithaca's Original Film Production Of GIANNI SCHICCHI to Be Released in October

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The film will be released on October 9th through Cinemapolis, Ithaca's premiere independent movie theater, and will be available to stream for two weeks.

Opera Ithaca's Original Film Production Of GIANNI SCHICCHI to Be Released in October

Opera Ithaca has produced a "backstabbingly socially distant" orchestrated film version of Puccini's one-act comic opera Gianni Schicchi, to be released for streaming on Friday, October 9, 2020, through Cinemapolis, Ithaca's premiere independent movie theater, and available to stream for two weeks exclusively at The streaming price is $25, and an industry discount is available. For information on the discount, please email Following its run at Cinemapolis, Gianni Schicchi will be streamed on demand at

The opera, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in the midst of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, is set in the present day. Gianni Schicchi tells the story of the Donati family as they attempt to thwart the will of their patriarch, who has disinherited them all. They enlist the aid of the titular con man, who has an agenda of his own.

Filmed and recorded with complete social distance measures in place, the dramatic thrust of the narrative has been shaped to mirror the current circumstances, and Puccini's 102-year-old masterpiece again shines with its timelessness and familiar immediacy. "We are taking life as we know it in 2020 and throwing in opera's favorite dysfunctional family," said director Ben Robinson, adding that, "the socially distant filming and recording is blended seamlessly into a deliciously familiar narrative about the Donati clan, whose desperation is made all the more palpable when dropped into the circumstances in which all of us are currently living."

Most of the artistic team and the instrumentalists are Ithaca locals, but the singers include top voices from all around the United States. The cast includes Opera Ithaca veterans Dennis Jesse in the title role, renowned soprano Emily Pulley in her role debut as Zita, Elena Galván as Lauretta, Daniel Bates as Rinuccio, and Steven Stull as Simone. Nicholas Davis makes his company debut as Betto.

The singers and instrumentalists were filmed and recorded remotely, and the tracks combined, to produce a stunning version of the opera. The work was directed by Opera Ithaca Artistic Director Ben Robinson, with Christopher Zemliauskas as conductor. The opera's audio project design was led by Benjamin Costello and the project was co-directed and edited by David Kossack, working with his studio, PhotoSynthesis Productions.

Watch the trailer below!

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