Capitol City Opera Company Presents 
Gianni Schicchi and Buoso's Ghost 
Friday-Sunday, March 22-24

Old meets new when Capitol City Opera Company presents the continuing saga of the Donati family in two comedic one-act operas, Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost on Friday, Mar. 22 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 23 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Mar. 24 at 3 p.m. at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are normally $30 - $40 per person. However, all general admission tickets may be purchased online at a special early bird price of $20 per person until Feb. 28. See the ticket purchase box (below left) on this page.

Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s only comedic opera, tells the story of a greedy family’s fight over their dead relative Buoso's fortune. Fearing that Buoso has left his entire estate to a monastery, the family relies on their cunning neighbor Gianni Schicchi (baritone Iván Segovia) to help. Gianni agrees, but will he keep all the money for himself? This popular one-act opera contains the well-known soprano aria “O mio babbino caro” (“Oh, My Dear Father”), and will be set in 13th Century Florence, Italy. Gianni Schicchi will be presented in Italian with English supertitles. 

Michael Ching’s modern sequel, Buoso's Ghost, written in 1996, continues the story 24-hours after Gianni Schicchi ends, and sets a murder mystery in motion. Gianni Schicchi becomes suspicious that Buoso may not have died of natural causes. He finds evidence instead that Buoso may have been poisoned. 

"Opera News" said composer and librettist Ching, “borrows snatches of Puccini tunes,” and weaves them into his own modern score. He, “[tosses] in bits of American pop, and  . . . subtly introduces brief tongue-in-cheek quotations from other works, ranging from Mozart to Sondheim [to] Shostakovich.”  Rarely performed, this is the Georgia premiere of Buoso's GhostThis production, set in 1990’s Italy, will be presented in English with Italian supertitles.

True to its mission to provide Atlanta-area classically trained singers the opportunity to perform on a professional level, these productions feature a full cast of Atlanta-based performers including Iván Segovia as Gianni Schicchi, Kayla Harriott as Lauretta, Eva Sullivan as Zita, and Nathan Munson as Rinuccio. 

Both one-act comedies are directed by Michael Nutter, Capitol City Opera's artistic director. Music direction is by Catherine Giel. A six-piece chamber orchestra is conducted by Michael Giel. 

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Bringing Opera to Audiences of All Ages  

Whether it's through our monthly Dinner and a Diva series, our educational programs, or one of our stage productions, we make opera accessible to all  audiences. Join us for an event soon. You'll be glad you did!

Dinner and a Diva

Tuesday Evening
Feb. 19, 2019

Opera Outreach 
for Children

This year's family-friendly productions include:


The Billy Goats Gruff

A Seussome Twosome 

Hansel and Gretel

Each show addresses

 life and social skills, presenting ideas such as 

self-esteem, teamwork, honesty

 - even scientific theory - 

in a fresh, new way. 


Contact Education Coordinator Courtney Loner at 

for more information or to book one of these programs.  

 thanks its public and corporate supporters.

Alston + BirdAT&T


Special thanks to our partner Oglethorpe University.

Please also visit our 
Season Sponsors
page to see a list of generous individuals and families that support Capitol City Opera.