Buoso Donati is dead. The wealthy Florentine lies surrounded by his relatives, who are gathered around his deathbed not to mourn but to discover the contents of his will. Much to their woe, they find out that all of Buoso’s fortune has been left to a monastery.
Rinuccio (Buoso’s 1st cousin, once removed) had been hopeful that by inheriting Buoso’s riches, his family would permit him to marry Lauretta, the daughter of the infamous Gianni Schicchi. Rinuccio decides to call upon Gianni Schicchi, who is known for his cunning, to help them.
When Schicchi arrives, he quickly formulates a plan. Since only the family know of Buoso’s death, he has them hide the body and takes Buoso’s place in the bed. Before they announce the death publicly, they will have Schicchi dictate a new (more favourable) will.
Before going ahead with the plan, Schicchi reminds the family that falsifying a will is a very serious crime. As such, when he orders the notary to leave most of Buoso’s wealth to himself, the family are powerless to intervene.
As the lawyer leaves, the family are enraged, all except Rinuccio, who is overjoyed. He can finally marry Lauretta, now that Schicchi is wealthy enough to afford a dowry. Schicchi chases the family out of what is now his house and appeals to the audience that the money has been put to its best use
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth
Introduction / Augurs of Spring / Ritual of Abduction / Spring Rounds / Ritual of the Rival Tribes / Procession of the Sage / Dance of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice
Introduction / Mystic Circles of the Young Girls / Glorification of the Chosen One / Evocation of the Ancestors / Ritual Action of the Ancestors / Sacrificial Dance