Il Trittico | Royal Opera House 0+

Richard Jones, GB 0000, Italian version / English subtitles, 225 min
Il Trittico | Royal Opera House

This is The Royal Opera’s first complete presentation of Puccini’s Il trittico since 1965. Leading director Richard Jones staged his witty, darkly comic realization of Gianni Schicchi for The Royal Opera in 2007, and here he completes the trio. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano will conduct. Il trittico (‘the triptych’), unveiled at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 1918, represented an operatic departure. Instead of a single evening-length narrative, Puccini offered three contrasting one-act works. Il trittico reached Covent Garden in 1920, but has rarely been performed there complete.

The first panel, Il tabarro (The Cloak), takes us to a barge on the banks of the Seine, where an unusually dark version of the eternal operatic triangle is played out with a gruesome and violent ending. World-famous soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, who recently sang the title role in Turnage’s Anna Nicole for The Royal Opera, takes on the role of Giorgetta, who betrays her sombre husband Michele with the handsome stevedore Luigi – with terrible consequences. Directed by Richard Jones.

Next comes Suor Angelica, the story of a young woman forced to become a nun after she has had an illegitimate baby; after seven years, a relative arrives with devastating news. The devoted and tormented mother, Sister Angelica, is sung by Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho, who made her debut with The Royal Opera as Violetta Valéry in La traviata in January 2008, returning to sing the role to great acclaim in May 2010. Contralto Anna Larsson takes on the role of her aunt, the Princess, while Jette Parker Young Artist Anna Devin sings the charming cameo role of Sister Genovieffa.

Finally, in the mordant comedy Gianni Schicchi we meet the Florentine relatives of the late Buoso Donati, intent upon altering the will of their deceased family member with the aid of a wily newcomer to the city. Renowned baritone Lucio Gallo returns to The Royal Opera after triumphant performances in 2005 as Iago in Otello and in 2008 as Simon Boccanegra and Scarpia, to sing the role of the cunning Schicchi. Elena Zilio leads a comic group of greedy Donati relatives as Zita, and Ekaterina Siurina and Francesco Demuro, both rising stars, sing the lovers Lauretta and Rinuccio.

Michele: Lucio Gallo
Giorgetta: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Luigi: Aleksandrs Antonenko
Tinca: Alan Oke
Talpa: Jeremy White
Frugola: Irina Mishura
Ballad Seller: Ji-Min Park
Two lovers: Anna Devin, Robert Anthony Gardiner

Suor Angelica: Ermonela Jaho
The Princess: Anna Larsson
Abbess: Irina Mishura
Sister Genovieffa: Anna Devin
La Suora Zelatrice: Elena Zilio

Gianni Schicchi: Lucio Gallo
Lauretta: Ekaterina Siurina
Rinuccio: Francesco Demuro
Zita: Elena Zilio


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