Laura León, Luis Ledesma, John Riesen Headline On Site Opera’s ‘Gianni Schicchi’

By David Salazar

On Site Opera is set to continue its 10th anniversary celebration with a production of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.”

The showcase, which opens on April 7, 2022 and runs through the 10th, will take place at The Prince George Ballroom in New York City. In the process, the work will be updated from the 13th century to the roaring 1920s.

The production will star Laura León as Lauretta with Luis Ledesma in the title role and John Riesen as Rinuccio. Other cast members include Jay Lucas Chacon (Betto), Alexandria Crichlow (La Ciesca), Patrice P. Eaton (Zita), Jonathan R. Green (Marco), Michael Kuhn (Gherardo), David Langan (Simone), Christine Lyons (Nella), and Savannah McElhaney (Gherardino), and Martin Pfefferkorn (Buoso). David Kahng (Pinellino) and Brian McQueen (Spinelloccio/Amantio).

Eric Einhorn directs while Geoffrey McDonald conducts.

“We are so excited to explore this classic and familiar score in a new and exciting way,” said Eric Einhorn, General and Artistic Director of On Site Opera, in an official press statement. “The art deco ballroom is the perfect venue for this updated telling. This production allows us to return to the immersive storytelling that has always been a hallmark of our work, as well as remain committed to our core values that include bringing together artists from all backgrounds and identities. With this production, we honor opera’s past while looking energetically towards its future.”

There will be a total of five performances throughout the run.