Capitol City Opera Company Closes
Gianni Schicchi / Buoso's Ghost
Weekend to Positive Crowd Response 

Old met new during the March 22-24 weekend with Capitol City Opera Company's presentation of the continuing saga of the Donati family. The two comedic one-act operas, Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost drew a variety of positive comments from guests who attended one of the Company's three shows during the weekend at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center.

Guests were overwhelmingly positive about the production staged by Capitol City's artistic director, Michael Nutter, along with musical direction by Catherine Giel, and a six-piece chamber orchestra playing under the baton of Michael Giel.  

"Beautiful," "great music," "wonderful singers," "very funny,"  "brilliant," "when are you going to do these two operas again," and "I didn't realize how good our local opera talent really is" represented a smattering of comments overheard from audience members as they were leaving the theater after the final curtain call. 

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. 

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, Megan Mashburn as Lauretta, Eva Sullivan as Zita, and Nathan Munson as Rinuccio. 

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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

Gilbert & Sullivan's

Tuesday Evening
April 16, 2019
Friday Evening
April 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 
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page to see a list of generous individuals and families that support Capitol City Opera.