Il trittico

Il trittico

DVD - 2012 | Italian | Widescreen.
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Il tabarro. The opening panel of Pucinni's brilliantly conceived triptych of one-act operas embodies the spirit of verismo with its focus on the dramas of ordinary people/ Set on the Seine in Paris, the opera is named after the cloak worn by Michele, an ageing bargeman who discovers his wife's infidelity. Their stifling relationship is set against vignette's of working life and the city as Puccini's sophisticated score potently evokes life on the river and the characters' hopes, dreams, passions and tragedy. This intense, visually striking production for The Royal Opera draws powerfully on the imagery and atmosphere of pre-war French cinema.
Suor Angelica. The centrepiece of Puccini's brilliantly conceived triptych of one-act operas, Suor Angelica rivals Madama Butterfly in emotional impact and demands a similar tour de force performance from its leading soprano. With her dignity, delicacy and conviction, Ermonella Jaho is duly heart-rending in Richard Jones's production for The Royal Opera, which introduces a children's hospital into the convent setting. The arrival of Angelica's aristocratic aunt, in the towering and forbidding form of contralto Anna Larsson, interrupts the nuns' daily round of nursing and prayer. Her harrowing confrontation with her neice precipitates the opera's tragic conclusion.
Gianni Schicchi. The cynical and riotous comedy of Gianni Schicchi rounds off Puccini's brilliantly conceived triptych of one-act operas. In context, the much-loved aria 'O mio babbino caro' sung imploringly by Schicchi's daughter, provides a rare moment of stillness in Richard Jones's hyperactive production for The Royal Opera. Updated from the 13th century to the era of Fellini's La dolce vita, the action is carried by a coruscating ensemble of singers and a razor-sharp central performance from Lucio Gallo as the most resourceful man in Florence. Nor does Antonio Pappano miss a trick in a score that, for all its momentum and edginess, makes room for a delicious sprinkling of romance.


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