In the early 1900s, two operas by Richard Strauss (Salome and Elektra) were taking Europe by storm. The Italian composer Puccini is said to have looked at the scores and observed, "There is... See full summary »

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David Cangelosi ...
Tinca
Patrick Carfizzi ...
Betto Di Signa
Jennifer Check ...
Sister Dolcina / Nella
Alessandro Corbelli ...
Gianni Schicchi
Barbara Dever ...
The Mistress of Novices
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Simone
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Gherardo
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Sister Angelica
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Alms Collector
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Rinuccio
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Sister Genovieffa
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In the early 1900s, two operas by Richard Strauss (Salome and Elektra) were taking Europe by storm. The Italian composer Puccini is said to have looked at the scores and observed, "There is nothing here but algebra and mathematics; where is the music?" True or not, in any case, Puccini set out to show that he too could compose one-act operas, and in different styles. Hence, Il Trittico (The Tryptich), a set of three operas, each less than an hour long, each different from the other two. The first, Il Tabarro (The Cloak) is a moody, macabre story of a spurned husband determined to discover the man who has seduced his wife away from him, and this is the night he finally learns who that man is. The second opera, Suor Angelica (Sister Angelique) is a frank tear-jerker about a young woman forced into a convent by her aristocratic family after she has given birth to a child out of wedlock. For seven years she has waited for news about him, and on this day, her prayers will be answered. The ... Written by dnitzer

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A very memorable Il Trittico
13 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My favourite Il Trittico production is the 1981 Met production with Renata Scotto singing all three female lead roles, Gabriele Bacquier and Cornell MacNeil. The La Scala performance is also very good even if I was disappointed in the picture quality and Rosalind Plowright.

This Met production however is very memorable. Puccini's music throughout is wonderful, and played and conducted to perfection. The costumes and sets also play a large part in the production's success, Il Tabarro like the music and opera themselves is suitably compact, Suor Angelica is ethereal and Gianni Schicchi has a lot of colour.

Il Trittico also succeeds in its atmosphere. Il Tabarro is very haunting and intense, just hear Michele's Nulla Silenzio and you'll know what I mean. Suor Angelica is a poignant drama as it should be. I agree however that Gianni Schicchi is the best performed of the three, it is so much fun and one of the better Schicchis I've seen actually.

The production as these Met productions always do looks fantastic in High Defintion, the productions are well lit and the sound is clear. The performances are excellent, Maria Guleghina and Juan Pons do great work of a solid cast, and Suor Angelica is sung and acted very well by Barbara Frittoli with lovely pianissimo singing. Alessandro Corbelli's brilliant Schicchi is my favourite performance though.

Overall, very memorable. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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