In this hilarious farce, Gianni Schicchi opens with the Donati family mourning the passing of their patriarch, Buoso. Their tears, however, are not real – that is, not until the Donatis discover Buoso has bequeathed his fortune to a monastery. Frantic, they call upon Gianni Schicchi, a self-made lower-class man, to help them re-write Buoso’s will. In a series of comedic hijinks, secret deals, and one over-the-top scheme, the family succeeds having the will re-written. However, the Donatis are in for another surprise: when the will is read, they discover that Schicchi has left the bulk of the fortune to himself. Wily Schicchi wins the audience over by arguing that his fraud has not only humbled an arrogant family, but has also brought together two young lovers: his daughter, Lauretta, and young Rinuccio Donati.