The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Season 19, Episode 1

Il Tabarro/Pagliacci (26 Sep. 1994)
"Live from the Metropolitan Opera" Il Tabarro/Pagliacci (original title)

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Giorgetta is on the deck of a barge doing domestic chores, while her husband Michele, the barge-owner, stands silently gazing at the sunset. Giorgetta offers a glass of wine all round; ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Teresa Stratas ...
Giorgetta / Nedda
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Luigi
Juan Pons ...
Michele / Tonio
Florence Quivar ...
La Frugola
Federico Davia ...
Il Talpa
Charles Anthony ...
Il Tinca
Philip Creech ...
Venditore di canzonette
Yvonne Gonzales ...
Lovers
Tony Stevenson ...
Lovers
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Dwayne Croft ...
Silvio
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Beppe (as Kenn Chester)
Glenn Bater ...
Villager
John Hanriot ...
Villager
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Giorgetta is on the deck of a barge doing domestic chores, while her husband Michele, the barge-owner, stands silently gazing at the sunset. Giorgetta offers a glass of wine all round; stevedores Luigi (tenor), Tinca (tenor) and Talpa (bass) gladly accept. Giorgetta dances with the stevedores until she realizes that Michele's behavior seems odd. La Frugola (mezzo-soprano) comes in looking for her husband, Talpa. When the men return, having finished their work, Tinca goes off to a tavern to get drunk, unhappy about his unfaithful wife. Luigi sings about the hardships of a stevedore's life, and La Frugola dreams of living in a cottage in the country. Giorgetta, on the other hand, longs for Paris, where she was born. When Luigi and Giorgetta are alone together, he tells her he is in love with her, and he would stab her to the heart than have her be with another man. They agree to meet that night and she will signal him with a lighted match when it is safe to come to the barge. Giorgetta ... Written by Anonymous

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Il Tabarro is I agree the least-performed of Il Trittico, a very interesting little trilogy of operas, but that doesn't mean it is not good, on the contrary. Of the three with its compact atmosphere, dark yet economical in its tone and structure story and tense harmonies, Il Tabarro is the darkest of the trilogy, with Suor Angelica gentle and sympathetic and Gianni Schicci a witty and deft farce in comparison.

But Il Tabarro is a interesting and fine opera without trying to be Puccini's magnum opus(in my opinion that's Tosca). The characters and story do have bite and credibility, something that is sometimes questionable in Girl of the Golden West(though I do like it) for example. The music are not full of instantly recognisable tunes or instant classics, but it is wonderfully evocative and dark and enhances the atmosphere wonderfully, particularly Nulla Silenzio. And it really helps that it is performed so well by such a dedicated orchestra and to have a conductor who evidently loves his job as much as James Levine does.

The scenery and costumes fit with the opera's mood excellently, and I loved some of the haunting camera angles in the final scene in particular. All three leads are superb both acting and singing-wise. While both Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas give wonderful performances, singing beautifully and seamlessly embodying their characters, it is Juan Pons in a very chilling performance as Michele who steals the show, just watch his facial expressions or hear his delivery of the music to get an idea how effective he is in the role.

All in all, an excellent production of a quite underrated opera. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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